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Assistance programs Franklin County Pennsylvania.

Learn about the options for financial assistance and free stuff in the Franklin County PA area for people to turn to for help. Find social services in the Chambersburg area as well as across Franklin County. Whether it is a grant from a charity to help pay rent or free food from a church run pantry, or money for paying utility bills, assistance is available.

Find how to get free medical or dental care, household supplies, loans or grants to pay bills (including utility), cash aid, and other support. The financial assistance in Chambersburg as well as the county is also combined with other resources, including job training, legal consultation, loans for people with bad credit and other free stuff.

Free food, clothing, and help with bills or housing in Franklin County

Grants and resources from Assistance Office - Community Action Program. Individuals and families that are struggling with rising home heating and fuel costs can apply for Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). It is a free grant. LIHEAP is a federal government funded program that provides free cash grants to help low to moderate income families pay their winter heating bills. Applications for these cash grants are available by contacting the Franklin County Assistance Office at (717) 264-6121

  • In addition to the amounts indicated above, LIHEAP also provides crisis and emergency cash grants for those Chambersburg and Franklin County families that experience heating emergencies, such as a broken furnace, fuel shortage, utility termination, or running out of fuel oil. The crisis grant program is available in January of each year.
  • While the exact amount of aid paid will vary, cash grants of up to $300 and crisis grants of up to $800 are usually available for qualified families through LIHEAP. The amount of each grant is dependent on several factors, including income, household size, the region of the state, and the type of heating fuel used. the funds can be disbursed in some cases within 24 hours.
  • The main goal of the Weatherization Program is to aid low income and other struggling households with reducing heating and energy bill expenses by greatly enhancing and improving the energy efficiency of their homes and by also helping to improve their energy related health and safety conditions. Eligible and qualified clients can receive certain cost-effective measures, free of charge, that can include: air sealing, insulation, hot water conservation measures, heating system improvements, new furnaces, and more.

Dial 717-334-7634 to apply or learn more.




The main goal of the Operation Care Emergency Assistance Program is to provide emergency services for those who are in need of shelter, medical, utility bill payment assistance, free health care, as well as other emergency assistance through coordination of community resources and local services. Information and referral services are also available to those who need aid. Dial 717-263-5060 to learn more.

Waynesboro Area Human Services runs programs for human services for emergencies including financial assistance with clothing, food, shelter conditions.

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. ((717) 334-6921) runs a program known as The Operation Care Emergency Assistance Program. In general, the non-profit is an povery fighting agency for Franklin County. This resource provides emergency services for those in need of rent help, medical, shelter, utility and heating bill payment assistance. Both grants and/or loans may be offered by SCCAP.

Case workers also offer emergency financial assistance through coordination of community resources. Information and referral services to local charities, federal and Pennsylvania government programs are also available. Other services include The Franklin County Housing Rehabilitation Program, which provides home improvements and updates for homeowners in order to bring their homes up to code and safety.

The community action agency also administers support from the Franklin County Food Pantries, which provide food to those in emergency situations, as well as the working poor and elderly. Their are 6 food pantries located throughout Franklin County to assist those in need. The 6 food pantries are located in Chambersburg, St. Thomas, Greencastle, Waynesboro, Fayetteville, and Orrstown.

Chambersburg tenants and homeowners can look into resources from SCCAP. The community action agency may offer emergency financial assistance in the form of a loan or grant to pay rent, a partial mortgage payment, or the security deposit on a new low income apartment. For those facing foreclosure, there is counseling available as well as applications to the Pennsylvania Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program.





Other services in Franklin County include job training, free income tax preparation, and referrals to additional financial support. Read more South Central Community Action.

Franklin County Catholic Charities is made up of local churches and partner non-profit organizations. While mostly providing information and referrals to the working poor and less fortunate, the agency may also have limited amounts of financial assistance for people faced with a crisis. Money can be used for basic needs such as rent, heating bills and other utility costs. Additional resources available include free food, information on affordable day care and programs for immigrants. Click here Catholic Charities Greensburg area.

Second Chance Ministry provides many forms of assistance from 226 E King Street. They include funds to pay for heating or electric bills, free food, Christmas meals and gifts as well. There may also be Thanksgiving turkeys and clothing for the poor and low income. The city is Chambersburg, PA, 17201, or call 717-446-0926.

A Christian, Catholic Church helps run the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Franklin County. They may offer some or all of the following assistance. The main program is food assistance, and that is one bag of groceries from a pantry. There may also be personal hygiene supplies, holiday meals, emergency financial aid to pay the bills, shelter at the church and more. Continue with financial assistance from St. Vincent de Paul in Chambersburg.

Maranatha Ministry, Inc., which is at 117 West 3rd Street in Waynesboro, is a leading social service agency. Programs range from overnight shelter to a soup kitchen, emergency food pantry, and financial assistance. There may also be loans for paying bills or rent, prescription vouchers, and general case management services. Dial 717-261-1708.

Rent, mortgage, and housing programs - The main ones, from Department of Social Services as well as Emergency Food and Shelter, offer rent, utility bill, and even security deposit help. All of the resources are focused on homeless prevention or rapid rehousing. The goal is to help both low income tenants, the elderly, or disabled find and keep a place to live. More on rent assistance in Franklin County.

Chambersburg and Franklin County Pennsylvania Salvation Army administers resources for low income and poor families. Other at risk individuals, such as senior citizens and the unemployed, may get help. The non-profit offers a number of assistance programs. They range from funds to pay rent or utility bills to free food. There are also vouchers for clothes, a homeless shelter, and substance abuse assistance too.

Most of the emergency financial aid is when a client is faced with an eviction or shut off of their electricity or heat. Other services include free Christmas meals and gifts, transitional housing, and meals for seniors. Franklin County families may also receive free school supplies and referrals. Read Salvation Army Franklin County emergency assistance.





Food aid

Various Franklin County Food Pantries provide food and other nutritional products to those in emergency situations. There are a total of 7 food pantries located throughout Franklin County to assist those in need. The 7 food pantries are located in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, St. Thomas, Fayetteville, Orrstown, Dry Run, and Greencastle. Phone them at 717-263-5060.

Legal aid, including foreclosure counseling

Franklin County Legal Services offers free legal aid on domestic matters, consumer problems, debt assistance, foreclosures, and unemployment concerns for low-income persons. (717) 262-2326. Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Learn more on Pennsylvania free legal advice.

Lawyers from Mid Penn Legal Services also offer free legal assistance and legal representation in civil cases to low-income people and domestic violence victims in Chambersburg and Franklin County. Learn more on mortgage programs.

Medical and dental care

Keystone Health Center ((717) 217-6830) offers low cost to free dental and behavioral health services to medically underserved families, the low income and behavioral health programs are also administered.


By Jon McNamara


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