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Columbia County Pennsylvania assistance programs.

There are a few different agencies and places to turn to for help in Bloomsburg and Columbia County Pennsylvania. Get information on programs below.

Assistance from Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has a Family Store in Bloomsburg. If you need more extensive help, including the possibility of emergency financial assistance, you may need to call the Berwick Corps at 570-759-1214. A sampling of the programs and resources they offer include the following.

  • Emergency Assistance - Emergency financial assistance may be able to help pay utility and heating bills, and/or rent expenses.
  • Food and nutrition programs can provide individuals access to a pantry or food vouchers
  • Seasonal programs, including holiday meals and gifts
  • Other services include case work, counseling, information on government and Pennsylvania assistance programs, and other support.
  • Mortgage programs. Learn about programs that can help pay mortgage in Pennsylvania, or even rent aid.

Financial assistance for bills, food, rent, and social services

The Columbia County Human Services Office is the leading agency in the area. This is a government supported agency that helps low income, the working poor, and less fortunate in the community. Try the following services.

  • Food Pantry - A total of 8 centers are located around Columbia County. the food distribution centers are located in the towns of Benton, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Greenwood Township, Madison Township, Millville, Orangeville and Wilburton.





  • Rent help, and homeless assistance and prevention programs - They run the Homeless Assistance Program. The housing program provides rental assistance and/or emergency help to people in need. Clients of this county government program are required to be facing an eviction or lose of their home, must be homeless or near homeless, an applicant must have a sustainable income sufficient to pay rent/mortgage in the future or hopes to have such income.
  • Utility and heating bill programs - Several different programs are available to help people pay their utility, heating and energy bills. They include the following services and resources.
    • Operation Help is a utility program that is paid for by PPL. It was created in order to assist customers in paying the energy bills of the disabled, elderly, and others in the community with hardships.
    • On Track is another utility bill payment program that available for PPL customers with limited total household incomes who are unable to pay for their electric services or bills.
    • Project Outreach is a program in which UGI Penn Natural Gas supplies funds to Columbia County in order to provide energy and heating bill assistance to those who are in need and are income eligible.
    • Dollar Energy Fund provides assistance for both energy and water bills. The program can help those who have UGI Central Penn Gas and PA American Water. Applicants to this particular program must have a balance on their utility bill of at least $100 in order to receive aid. Learn more on the Dollar Energy Fund.

Call the Human Services Department at 570-387-6501 to ask for help, or learn about assistance programs.




By Jon McNamara

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