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Rental assistance in Bucks County Pennsylvania.

Charity agencies, churches and the government can provide emergency help in the form of shelter, funds for paying rental expenses, and housing assistance as needed for Bucks County Pennsylvania residents. Learn about how to get one time emergency cash grants as well as financial assistance for preventing an eviction. There are also funds that help with paying rent, utility bills (that if unpaid result in homelessness) or security deposits. The resources are focused on assisting residents when an emergency situation occurs.

Individuals, seniors, or families in Bucks County who need rent help, people who have been served an eviction notice or those who may need funds to pay a security deposit can call one or more of the following agencies. There are also loans, attorneys for free legal support or charities for advice or applications. The following are just some of the places to call.

Doylestown Area FISH is a non-profit that provides qualified individuals with emergency shelter, limited amounts of cash for rent assistance, and other aid such as electric bill help. Note that residents of the Central Bucks School District are the only people that Doylestown Area FISH may be able to support. Call 215-348-7172

A very similar service is run by Pennridge Fish Organization, which is a non-profit organization created to serve the needs, including addressing housing, of low-income families who live in the Pennridge School District. No appointment is necessary. The non-profit Pennridge Fish provides limited one time financial assistance or even loans for rental costs when an emergency or crisis occurs. Perkasie, Pennsylvania based, and dial  (215) 257-7616.

Bucks County Housing Link has information on, and referrals too, homeless prevention and rapid rehousing. Tenants (as well as homeless people) can apply for financial help for rental expenses, including grants or no interest loans. there may be funds to help with paying back rent, security deposits and related expenses. Get assistance from the Bucks County Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Call 1-800-810-4434.

The County Opportunity Council, Bucks Administration Office can offer qualified families and individuals information on emergency rent assistance programs in the community. They also run a shelter program for the homeless and people on the verge of eviction, and partner with local churches and charities in other ways..




  • Rental Assistance may be offered for current residents. These individuals may receive funds for move-in money and security deposits to get into permanent housing. Or money may be provided to those who are facing an eviction, and they can access funding to prevent homelessness.
  • Another service is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS). This is provided in collaboration with the Bucks County Pennsylvania Housing Authority, and it was created for clients who have received and/or use a section 8 certificate. The primary objective of the FSS program is to increase a client’s income through employment and increased skills to be able to get off of subsidized housing. Continue with Family Self Sufficiency from section 8.
  • Also, the Emergency Shelter Assistance Program is run in partnership through local County Assistance Offices (CAO), and this service is administrated for Bucks County through this office. Contact them for full details on the program.

Call (215) 345-8175 to reach the Bucks County Opportunity Council. This is the local community action agency that is involved in grant and other housing programs. More on Bucks County Opportunity Council programs.

Chester County Veterans (or their families) can try VMC. The non-profit is at 605 E Lincoln Hwy. The program is known as SSVF. There is financial aid for rent, case management, government benefits, and other support. The agency will also coordinate transportation as well as computer and other skills. As any rent or housing programs for veterans require stability. The office is in Coatesville, PA 19320. Call (610) 384-8387.

Bride of Hope in Lancaster helps single women or moms. The office is at 1516 Olive St, Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320. Rapid rehousing, grants for rent or deposits, and permanent housing stability is offered. Dial (610) 380-1360.

Pathstone also many financial aid programs, including loans for rent, utility help, mortgage assistance and more. There may also be free furniture and household goods. Address is 421 McFarlan Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Call (610) 925-5600.

Neighborhood Services Center in Oxford offers emergency rent help. Call (610) 932-8557. It is for individuals, the elderly, or low income in Oxford in Chester County. Location is 35 N 3rd St., Oxford, PA 19363.





Residents of Phoenixville can try the Area Community Services at 257 Church St, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19460. Money for back rent, eviction help, security deposit assistance, and even referrals to low income apartments. Call (610) 933-1105.

Housing Authority of Chester County runs the Section 8 HCVP program. It is the income based, rent subsidized housing units. They also manage their own homes and apartments for lease. Very low income families with an income can often apply to section 8, when the wait list is open. There is also self-sufficiency, vouchers, public housing and other aid from 30 West Barnard Street, Suite 2 West Chester, PA 19382. Call 610-436-9200.

The Levittown Community Worship Center branch of the Salvation Army is a leading non-profit charity organization to call. Various social services are provided that can help people with rent and mortgage payments, when funds are available. Only a small amount may be paid out, and criteria are strict, and oftentimes the funds will run out. Social workers can almost always offer referrals to government housing programs, like section 8, and Pennsylvania resources. Dial 215-945-0717.

Tenant Action Group, which can be reached at 215.575.0700, offers advice, referrals, and general support for those who are faced with an eviction. Clients can learn about everything from government grants for back rent to mediation with attorneys.

Diversified Community Services is based in Philadelphia, but also services the Bucks County region. The non-profit can direct people to financial assistance programs and government resources, all with the goal of preventing homelessness. Call 215.336.3511.

Neighborhood Outreach Foundation can offer help and financial assistance to residents within the Council Rock School District community.

South Lehigh Action Council is a community action agency that has information on some homeless prevention programs. Telephone 215.229.2801.

ESA is a government funded homeless prevention program. It can help with rent, mortgage payments, and rehousing. Families as well as seniors or single moms can apply for money for paying rental arrears or other housing costs, and legal help is also available. Find details on homeless prevention in Bucks County.

Get free legal aid and support in Bucks County when it comes to landlord/tenant issues from Montgomery County Legal Services (call 610.275.5400) as well as Community Legal Services (dial 215.981.3700)

SE Pennsylvania Legal Services also has attorneys on staff that can offer eviction help. They also deal with other housing issues faced by low income families and seniors. The number is 877-429-5994.





Bucks County Welfare office, based in the city of Bristol, offers emergency rental assistance if a tenant has a pay or quit notice. The government agency also arranges landlord mediation, can refer clients to transitional housing, and tries to offer money for security deposits as well. Some low income tenants may be issued short term loans for any rent arrears or other bills. The phone number is 215-781-3300.

Department of Housing and Community Development of Bucks County helps encourage affordable housing in the community. They work with landlords, property developers and tenants to address their needs. The non-profit can be contacted at 215-345-3845.

By Jon McNamara

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