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Armstrong County Pennsylvania assistance programs.

Get help from agencies and non-profits in Armstrong County and Kittanning Pennsylvania.

Food banks

Contact the Freeport Council of Churches at (724) 295 2675. It is a partnership of local churches that distribute donated food, groceries, household products and food purchases with donated money to the low income and others who are economically distressed persons in and around the community of Freeport Pennsylvania.

Salvation Army of Armstrong County

This non-profit agency offers low income and the working poor spiritual guidance, food aid, limited housing assistance, and emergency shelter. Other resources in Kittanning include clothing and food distribution to disaster victims and they also administer programs for youth, senior citizens and the elderly in the community. When it comes to financial aid, there may be referrals to security deposit help or resources for children, including local summer camping programs. Call them at (724) 543-6622, or find Salvation Army assistance in Armstrong County.

Short term assistance, and long term help

If you need short term assistance and information on grant programs, and at the same time need longer term self-sufficiency programs, call the Armstrong County Community Action Agency at (724) 548-3405. They offer a number of assistance programs including those listed below.

Utility and heating bill assistance - Through their so called food bank program, they offer emergency utility assistance for low income families as well as people who may be on the verge of losing their home.

Food assistance - The food bank program also provides food vouchers, groceries, and emergency shelter to those in need of help.





Employment training - This job assistance program will provide evaluation of local individuals skills, a word of advice and encouragement to job seekers, counselors offer a resume writing class and an introduction to Kittanning area and Armstrong County employers in need of their skills or who may have open positions.

Miscellaneous programs - Other services and resources offered include Weatherization, Transportation, Housing aid, and possibly even rent help.

Call the Armstrong County Community Action Agency at (724) 548-3405 for more information or to apply for help.

The local government Armstrong County Assistance Office offers various government and public assistance programs. One of the primary resources offered is the Emergency Shelter Allowance, or ESA. This program can help a homeless person or near homeless family. Funds can be used to pay rent to stop an eviction or foreclosure. Case managers will help people find both a short term transitional housing unit as well as work with the individual to find a permanent home. Another program is general assistance/cash benefits. This may be an option for Armstrong County families who are not currently receiving  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/TANF. 1280 North Water Street, Kittanning, Pennsylvania 16201-0898, dial 800-424-5235.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg offers social services and emergency financial assistance to low income and working poor residents for home heating fuel assistance and electric bills. The agency will also offer information and referrals; assistance with food, utilities, housing and senior programs. Other resources include diapers, clothing, Meal Vouchers, prescriptions, rent help and more. 348 North Water Street, Greensburg, PA 15601. Dial 724-837-1840 for intake.




Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging Home provides help to seniors. This includes home delivered meals, information on medical programs such as Medicare, and other assistance for older adults, including job training too. Call (724) 548-3290, or learn more senior employment.

Adagio Health Medical Office offers some basic health screening and check ups. This includes cancer screening,  walk-in pregnancy testing, physicals, medications and more. Kittaning, Pennsylvania, 16201. Call 724-543-7035 for intake.

Support for paying rent, transitional housing, or shelter - All across Armstrong County are agencies that focus on housing needs. They may offer the following types of assistance.

  • Referrals to government grants or loans from non-profits to pay past due rent.
  • The homeless can be placed into transitional housing or given security deposit help once stable.
  • Emergency welfare grants and other beenfits are also focused on homes with children, the disabled and single parents.
  • Other support is arranged too, and more Armstrong County rental assistance.




By Jon McNamara














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