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Clearfield County assistance programs.

Get help for rent, utility bills, and find other aid
If you need help with your paying bills or rent, the Central Pennsylvania Community Action Agency may be able to assist you. They offer residence several services and resources, including heating and utility bill assistance, housing services, case management, food services, , employment and training, consumer information and referral, transportation services, and rental housing. Some of the programs they offer are below. Contact them to apply, or to learn more about these programs or other resources they can offer you. Contact them at phone (814) 765-1551, 207 E. Cherry St; Clearfield Pennsylvania.

Rental Assistance Program - This can assist both individuals and families and help the m make their rent rental payments. The funds provided are meant to help people avoid eviction. In some cases grants can even be used to pay for security deposits so people can secure housing. In addition, the Central Pennsylvania Community Action Agency administers the federal government Rapid Rehousing and Preventing Homelessness program. The purpose of the HPRP is to provide services that also will prevent an eviction, and additional homelessness prevention assistance to households who would otherwise become homeless. Aid is even available if you are currently homeless, as the program will also provide assistance to rapidly rehouse people who are currently homeless. Several services are offered by the program. Currently, the program will provide rental assistance, case management, budget credit counseling, utility bill assistance, funds for moving expenses, and free legal services and counseling.

Heating and Electric Bill Assistance From The Dollar Energy Fund - This is a nonprofit organization that has been operating since 1983 and has provided utility bill assistance to low to middle income households in Pennsylvania. They have agreements and partnerships with fourteen electric, gas, and water utility companies throughout the state and they provide approximately 15,000 annual utility hardship grants to low-income families throughout the state.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Program (LIHEAP) - Several resources and services are offered by this federal government funded program. People who are in need of help can apply for crisis grants, which will help families who have an emergency and need to immediately pay their bill. The grant is intended to ensure people do not go without heat. Emergency situations are defined as broken heating equipment (i.e. furnace), a utility service shut off notice, a fuel shortage or running out of heating oil.





Weatherization Assistance Program - This federally funded program also aims to reduce the energy bills  of low income families and individuals. The assistance is primarily targeted towards high energy users as well as the low income, elderly and disabled.  What happens is the program will pay for and contractors will install free energy efficient improvements to your home.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program EFSP - This provides limited metered utility assistance, including gas, water, electricity and sewer service for households and individuals; limited non-metered assistance including oil, firewood and coal.

Food Assistance/Pantries/Food
The CPCA community action agency is the leading distribution point and agency for ten food pantries that operate throughout Clearfield County and they also managed eight locations in Centre County. Food Pantry services provide emergency and supplemental food, food stamp application assistance, and other nutritional assistance.

All of the resources noted above are offered by Central Pennsylvania Community Action Agency. The main phone number is (814) 765-1551. Read more.

JCCAP is another leading non-profit to call for help. The agency can offer various solutions to the unemployed, seniors, or qualified low income families. Some of what is offered may include grants from the Emergency Shelter and Rental Assistance Project to pay for rent, utility bills or security deposits. The non-profit also can provide free food and help job seekers in Clearfield County.




Case managers from JCCAP are also a great place for referrals. They can help low income families apply for government aid such as SNAP food stamps or support those with a disability through the SSDI benefit application process. Much more is offered too. More on Community Action Clearfield.


By Jon McNamara

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