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Blair County rental assistance programs.

Rental assistance is available for financially struggling tenants in Blair County. Both charitable as well as government grants are used for stopping homelessness. While a priority is on using a pro-active approach to paying rent, there are also rapid rehousing programs available. Those resources assist with paying security deposits, moving expenses, as well as utility connection fees for the homeless.

If and when an agency in Blair County can't help (due to lack of funds or an unqualified applicant) they will offer referrals instead. As the demand for emergency rental assistance is greater than the amount of funding. But when there is no more money available, other possible solutions may be loans, legal aid, or placement into transitional housing.

The Salvation Army - Altoona Service Center
1813 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602
Phone number – 814-942-8104
Financial aid may be provided in a crisis, including for rent, utility bills, and household needs such as furniture.

St. Vincent de Paul
Location is 1215 Seventh Avenue
Altoona, PA, 16602
Phone: 814-943-1981
Any rent assistance is short term in nature and very limited.

Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania and Tyrone Center
Address is 908 Pennsylvania Avenue
Tyrone, PA 16686
Intake number: 814-684-1664
The faith based church organization assists the working poor. Programs include grants for security deposits or rent, cold weather shelters, and advice. They also assist families with children, including single mothers, or seniors with rental and other financial needs.





Blair Senior Services, Inc.
Location is 1320 Twelfth Avenue
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16601
Low income elderly and senior citizens in Blair County can apply for financial help. Expenses covered include rent, heating bills, and more from the lair Senior Services Housing Assistance Program (HAP).

Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund
PO Box 313
State College, Pennsylvania 16804
Cancer patients only call 814-231-2692
They only assist individuals impacted by Cancer.

Blair County Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA)
Address is 1100 Green Avenue at the County Assistance Office
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16601-3440
Government grants are available from the DPW - Department of Public Welfare. They assist the homeless or people facing eviction or foreclosure. There is placement into long term, permanent housing, funds for paying back rent, counseling, and shelter as well.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
1300 Twelfth Avenue
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16601
Phone - 814-944-9388

Blair County Community Action Homeless Program Transitional Housing/Shelter
2100 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, PA, 16602
Main phone – 814-946-3651
The non-profit coordinates support services for the working poor and homeless. Loans for paying rent or security deposits, extended shelter, job placement, and other services are available.




Improved Dwellings for Altoona, Inc. Subsidized Housing
Location is 1600 Eighth Avenue
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602
They run subsidized housing in the community as part of IDA. Apartments with a reduced rent are offered for  low income and moderate income senior citizens or people with disabilities or on SSI.

Altoona Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
2700 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Altoona, PA, 16602
Applications are accepted for the HUD Section 8 Rental Assistance Payment Program. Vouchers are used by the disabled, very-low income families, single parents or adults, or senior citizens for their housing needs.

Blair County - MidPenn Legal Services
Location is 232 East Pitt Street
Bedford, Pennsylvania 15522
Call 800-326-9177
They help deal with illegal lockouts or evictions, sheriff sales, provide advice on public housing eviction proceedings, and direct low income clients to resources. They include rent assistance, mortgage foreclosure prevention, and other resources.



By Jon McNamara











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