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Help with rent in Cambria County.

Emergency rental assistance as well as long term subsidies are available in Cambria County. Low income families, with a source of income, may be able to receive help. The assistance is available in the form of no-interest loans or government grants, both of which can help pay security deposits or 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. Resources will always be limited.

Respective Solutions Group Center for Families Eviction
Address is 948 Ben Franklin Highway
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Dial 814-472-2225
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.

United Methodist Human Services
Main office - 510 Locust Street
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15901
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.

The Salvation Army Centers of Cambria County
Resources include 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




Emergency Solutions Grant
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.

ESA - Emergency Shelter Allowance from Cambria County Assistance Office / Welfare
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.

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

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
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.





Grace's Test
Rental assistance, rehousing and other public aid is for veterans only as well as their spouses, children, and immediate family members.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Cambria County
321 Main Street,
Johnstown, PA 15901
(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
Address is 225 Franklin Street
Johnstown, Pennsylvania l590l
Phone - (814) 536-89l7
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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