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Huntingdon County Pennsylvania assistance programs.

Eye Care Agency of Huntingdon County - Assist low to moderate income people in Huntingdon County with eye examinations. There may also be referrals, or vouchers, to use for the purchase of eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. (814)643-0281.

Center for Community Action is the non-profit agency that offers the greatest number of assistance programs as well as counseling and advice. A sampling of their services are listed below, but do not hesitate to call for more information.

  • Rental Assistance - This is provided as a payment for monthly rent, utilities, or security deposits. The funds are provided on behalf of families and individuals to prevent and/or end homelessness and evictions by maintaining individuals in their own homes, apartments or residences. Rental Assistance may include financial assistance and cash grants to prevent homelessness or near homelessness by intervening where an eviction is imminent.
  • Utility payments - Funds may be made on behalf of individuals not eligible for payment from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's Low Income Home  Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
  • Home Repair Program - This is a program that will assist families and individuals with providing for home repair services. Home Repair services are resources that are being made available to qualified individuals with consideration given to the low income, elderly, single parent households, and the handicapped.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter - The federal government funded EFSP program provides limited emergency rental assistance for individuals, families or households whose rent payment is in arrears. Families or individuals must be a resident of the apartment or home, and the applicant needs to be responsible for the rent on the home or apartment where the rental assistance is to be paid. Payment is limited to one month's monthly cost for each individual or household.

Call the Center for Community Action at (814) 623-1444.





Huntingdon County Child and Adult Development Corp. - This government facility offers quality services to individuals, children and families throughout the county of Huntingdon. Health care services and programming such as: Head Start, CCIS, Family Express, REACH, etc. are offered to local individuals. Call (814) 643-5199

Society of Saint Vincent dePaul - People of all religions and faith may be able to get help from this non-profit organization. The agency, working with local churches, provides help with basic expenses and bills. Get access to free food, rent payment assistance, funds for heat bills and electricity, heating oil, and more.

The church also offers loans, for either fixing a car or purchasing a new one. All of the Saint Vincent programs are of course limited due mostly to funding. Note that financial aid is provided without regard to race or religion etc. Call (814) 643-0160, or learn more on the Huntingdon St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Huntingdon Salvation Army - The charity type organization provides financial assistance to those individuals and families who are facing a temporary crisis or unexpected emergency, and help is offered for people that are overlooked by society. Get help with bills, housing costs, and access a food pantry and distribution center. Also organizes a tutoring program for community children. Call (814) 643-1430, or read more.

By Jon McNamara

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