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Lebanon County assistance programs.

Heating bill help

Lebanon Pennsylvania families who rely on the state's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help with them with paying their home heating bills can apply for the program in November.

There are criteria that an applicant needs to meet, and just completing an application is no guarantee of assistance.

The program offers cash grants that are based on family size, household income, the type of heating fuel used and the region where someone lives. In addition, emergency crisis grants are available in January. These emergency grants are provided in the event of an emergency, such as lack of fuel, broken heating equipment or leaking lines, termination of utility or heating service, or danger of being without fuel or having fuel service terminated.

If you are interested in learning more or applying, applications are available at the Lebanon County Assistance Office, 625 S. Eighth St., or by calling 273-1641. In addition, local community-service agencies and utility companies also have applications for LIHEAP.

Last year's pay outs from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for a family of four living in Lebanon County were:  electric, $860; natural gas, $935; fuel and heating oil, $1,323; coal, $493; kerosene, $1,450; wood or other, $576; and propane, $860.




Grants for crisis and emergency assistance

The federal government Emergency Food and Shelter Program is providing up to $100,000 to the county for a wide ranging assistance program. Non-profit and government agencies in the county will be administering the funds. Lebanon County residents are eligible to apply for a share of the government grants from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds, which can be distributed to pay for food, temporary shelter, utilities, mortgage, and even rent payments. Find other ways to get mortgage and foreclosure help in Pennsylvania. Click here.

If you are interested in applying or learning more, contact the Lebanon County Community Action Partnership, 503 Oak St., Lebanon, PA 17042.





The non-profit Salvation Army may be the primary agency to call for help in Lebanon County. They administer numerous programs for the poor, senior citizens, disabled and low income. Those people who are unemployed due to no fault of their own may also receive support. Some of the resources available include free food from a pantry, housing assistance, clothing from a thrift store and very limited amounts of financial aid for bills.

However, the main focus of this non-profit is on self-sufficiency. so clients can learn about job programs, sign up for financial literacy workshops in Lebanon, and access similar services. Learn more.

The non-profit Community Action Agency offers assistance and social services to seniors, low income, and working poor. The agency provides programs such as child care assistance, rental help, transportation, case management, shelter, transitional housing and more. Some assistance is from referrals and similar services. Case managers can offer or direct people to GED preparation, information & referral, job readiness/placement, and life skills education. Two of the main programs include LIHEAP and weatherization applications.

The community action agency works closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. While funding is limited, the agency does its best to meet emergency needs of the less fortunate. The Lebanon County Community Action Agency is located at 503 Oak Street in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Call (717) 273-9328.




Lebanon County Assistance Office can help the working poor, unemployed, and struggling apply for federal and state benefits. The office can provide emergency cash assistance, food stamps, financial aid, childcare payments, medical assistance/SSI advocacy, and also emergency fuel assistance for eligible participants. The office is at 625 S. 8th St. Call (717) 270-3600.

Emergency rental assistance is available from different sources in Lebanon County. The funds are often combined with other housing programs. Charities may run emergency shelters, the government can provide security deposit, mortgage, or one time rent help, and there are also churches or non-profits.

Due to demand, funds are limited. But rent help is often prioritized for senior citizens, single mothers, or the disabled as well. Some tenants may be given loans if/when the money runs out. Find more programs that help pay rent in Lebanon County.

The Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging focuses on assisting seniors and the elderly. Resources include information and Referral, Senior Community Centers, Health Insurance Counseling, Home Delivered Meals and also other Protective Services. Address is 710 Maple Street, Second Floor, Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17046, call (717) 273-9262 or (717) 274-1439.

JOY Food Pantry is located at St. John’s United Church of Christ. The non-profit assists struggling residents of the Northern Lebanon School District with groceries. 120 Market Street, Jonestown, PA 17038
(717) 306-9025.

Christian Ministries may be able to help with basic needs and emergency assistance. The charity and its churches can provide free food, prescriptions, energy bill and water/sewer assistance for families and also clothing. (717) 272-4400.



By Jon McNamara











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