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Help with rent in Cambria County and Johnstown PA.

Find emergency rental assistance as well as long term housing subsidies, including section 8 vouchers, in Cambria County. Low income families, with a source of income, may be able to receive help. The assistance for back rent, security deposits, or housing is available in the form of no-interest loans or government grants. Find charities, churches and government agencies in Johnstown and Cambira County which can help pay security deposits, give legal aid or assist with back rent.

When seeking help, whether one time support or enrollment into section 8 or a similar program, applicants need to bring proof of income as well as a plan of what they will do to resolve their hardship. Rent help will give priority to Cambria County families with a source of income, whether from a pension, job, or even SSI. Also, any assistance with housing needs will also give priority to households with children as well as single moms, seniors, or the disabled.

The primary charities to contact for rent assistance or money for a deposit are below. Or learn about free legal defense services in Cambria County, landlord-tenant mediation and more. Resources will always be limited.

Center for Families, and the Respective Solutions Group Center for Families Eviction, address is 948 Ben Franklin Highway, Ebensburg, PA 15931. They offer information on rental assistance to families facing homelessness, motel vouchers, and other support. They coordinate this aid from the Housing Support Center. Financial help for security or utility deposits and rent is also focused on veterans as part of SSVF, senior citizens, or the disabled. Dial 814-472-2225

Cambria County Human Services Department, or DHS, offers the Emergency Shelter Allowance, or ESA. There may be grants, mortgage or rent help, funds to pay for utility bills to stop an eviction and more. Rapid rehousing programs as well as funds to pay moving or storage costs, or other housing assistance, may be offered at the Human Services Building, 401 Candlelight Drive, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania 15931. Call (814) 472-1610.

ESA - Emergency Shelter Allowance from Cambria County Assistance Office / Welfare is also from 625 Main Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15901-1678. For information, call 877-315-0389. This is a form of eviction prevention. The program can also place families into shelter or low income apartments. Welfare can assist with rental expenses, offer legal aid, money for mortgage payments, and other aid to tenants or homeowners of all backgrounds.




The Salvation Army Centers of Cambria County helps renters and low-income families. Resources include a homeless shelter, case management, and emergency rent assistance, food, and more. They support the homeless and very low income with housing needs. One center is at 576 Vine Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 15901, dial 814-539-3110. Or more on Salvation Army rent help Cambria County.

Johnstown Housing Authority has section 8 vouchers, income subsidized homes or apartments, self-sufficiency services and other support in Cambria County. The PHA is at 501 Chestnut St, Johnstown, PA 15906. the goal is to provide low income renters with income subsidized homes as part of the HUD program. For more information on vouchers, or emergency section 8 or home buying services, dial (814) 535-7771. There is also more information on section 8 in PA.

Emergency Solutions Grant, or ESG, is also offered in Cambria County. Call 724-846-6400. The federal government housing program offers grants for paying back rent or other expenses, such as moving costs. The formerly homeless in Cambria County can also apply for security deposit assistance or receive a hotel voucher. In some cases, loans are used for rent and is combined with case management.

Community Action Partnership of Cambria County is located at 516 Main St, Johnstown, PA 15901. Phone – 814-536-9031. Case managers may have information on government aid (such as section 8 rent vouchers), job placement, mediation, and foreclosure counseling.

Peer Empowerment Network only helps the disabled. Housing, rent grants, SSI or SSDI applications and other financial aid from 514 Somerset Street, Johnstown Pennsylvania 15901. Phone: 814-539-2724

Cambria County Office on Aging - 110 Franklin St, Johnstown, PA 15901. Telephone number is (814) 539-5595. Only referrals are given to seniors or the disabled on housing needs. They can also help with some basic home repairs or applications to property tax/rent rebate.





The Family Center is a charity at 317 Power Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15906. The LIHEAP energy program can help families living in poverty if they are facing eviction due to unpaid utility bills. This is part of the Alternative Community Resource Program. Callers get free referrals as part of the Outreach service. The non-profit may also provide grants for one time rent help, heating or energy bill assistance to stop an eviction, and referrals to legal aid. Dial 814-536-1555.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Cambria County helps renters, single moms, and immigrants (among others) regardless of their religion. The church-charity is at 321 Main Street, Johnstown, PA 15901. Call (814) 535-6538. Social workers can help pregnant women or teen mothers. Get link to housing or rent programs, medical care, and other emergency aid.

Laurel Legal Services - Franklin Center is at Address is 227 Franklin Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15901. Phone - (800) 253-9558 or (814) 536-8917. Legal aid for housing, eviction matters, and tips on accessing benefits, such as section 8, may be provided to low income families.


By Jon McNamara











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