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Assistance programs Lehigh County and Allentown.

Find how to get financial help from churches, charities, and government assistance programs (social services) in Lehigh County. Find where to get grant money to help pay back rent, security deposits or utility bills, including heating, water or electric in Allentown. Low income families in Lehigh County and Allentown will also get free food from pantries, gasoline vouchers, or get help with their mortgage. Locate financial assistance near you in Lehigh County.

There is also help with medical or dental needs from a wide variety of places. Or apply for many seasonal services in the county, including free stuff such as back to school supplies to winter jackets, Christmas toys, or even find free computers for work or school. Most of the financial assistance in Allentown and the county is free to apply for and can make a difference.

Emergency financial assistance and help for bills in Allentown and county

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown along with other churches have partnered together to offer several programs for Allentown and Lehigh County families. The programs they administer include quality medical care for elder residents, limited financial help for paying bills, rent assistance, clothing, and funds for other bills. There is low-cost legal services for immigrants, free furniture vouchers, and also assistance for single mothers or women facing DV in Allentown PA region. Call them at (610) 435-1541. More on Catholic Charities assistance in Lehigh.

Mosser Village Family Center, Inc. offers support for residents of east Allentown Pennsylvania. Receive help from this organization, including access to a food and clothing bank. There may be free work or school uniforms or supplies too. Or get bus tickets and other transportation assistance. There may be some free repairs to a car or truck too by volunteer mechanics. Or get free metro bus tickets, and other forms of aid. Call (610) 820-9927 or 610-434-1140.

Casa Guadalupe Center is located at 218 N 2nd Street Allentown, Pennsylvania 18102-3508. Call (610) 435-9902. This center provides a number of assistance programs to the local community. Examples include two daily meals from a recreation program as well as the Pa‘lante Education Program, which offers after-school and summer programs to kids and students.

Lehigh County Assistance Office runs the state and federal government programs for the county. This is the local branch of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (Public Welfare). Services offered include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program. There is also healthy food from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) as well as Medicaid/Medical Assistance (MA). Even learn about Medicaid free stuff for families.




  • This is a government and public aid center. Lehigh County Assistance Office (address is 555 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109) provides benefits, welfare, and many low income programs. Whether SNAP food stamps or cash aid, or applications to Medicaid, assistance is offered. Call (610) 821-6509. There is also the Human Services Department, which is at 17 S 7th St, Allentown, PA 18101. Call (610) 782-3200. Or find other free grant money for bills.
  • Financial Assistance Office - The programs provides subsistence cash and grant payment to people whose income and resources are below the federal government poverty level.
  • Medical Assistance - This service pays for health services, medical and hospital care for patients whose income and resources are below the poverty level.
  • Food Stamps - Offers food stamps to low income which are used to pay for food, subsidizing family income. Additional low income programs.

Other support is offered too. Call (610) 821-6509, or stop by 555 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109.

UGI Utilities can help with heating, utility, and electric bills. Low income individuals, seniors, and others can get help from weatherization services, income percentage payment plans, and fuel share funds. PO Box 13009 Reading, Pennsylvania 19612-3009. Call (800) 844-9276. They also offer consultations, including find free home energy audits.

Hispanic American Organization administers several housing assistance programs. Limited funds may be offered to qualified residents for paying rent. Other services include case management, referrals, budgeting, and other support. They help Spanish speakers apply for benefits, or locate free groceries or places for free stuff too, including appliances or job placement.

The non-profit has limited money for back rent expenses, and all applications are reviewed on a case by case basis for struggling Lehigh County families. Location is 462 Walnut St, Allentown, PA 18102. Call 610-435-5334.

Easton Area Neighborhood Centers - Seniors, low income, and the disabled can apply for resources. This can include rental assistance, senior transportation, housing programs, or transitional shelters for families. There is also free food banks and health care. A focus is on the disabled and people with mental health issues who can’t pay their bills or find a job. Address is 902 Philadelphia Rd Easton, Pennsylvania 18042-6599. Call (610) 253-4253 for information.





Lehigh Churches (LCCC) is a network of faith based groups. They offer a number of programs to the less fortunate, with a particular focus on housing, food and medical needs. Some examples of the services include the following.

  • Homeless prevention from Daybreak may offer loans and solutions for back rent. This may include a homeless shelter or free motel voucher.
  • Pharmaceutical Assistance can help Leigh County families with paying for prescription expenses.
  • The council of churches offers rehousing from Pathways and other components, and this may include funds for security deposits.
  • Food, job placement, and other services are available.

The Lehigh County Conference of Churches ((610) 433-6421) is one of the local organizations that is administering the funding. Money to prevent evictions and homelessness can be used to help those individuals and families that have recently experienced a reduction in income or a job loss and have fallen behind on their rent and/or utilities payments. People can receive up to 18 months of rent help. More on Lehigh County Conference of Church programs.

LVCIL assists veterans and their families from Supportive Services for Veteran Families. A wide range of govenrment aid is available, including cash grants for housing expenses such as rent to stop eviction. Other aid for veterans may be affordable child care, transportation for work, funds for security deposits, and support to help the client gain stability. The address is 713 N 13th St, Allentown, PA 18102, call 610-770-9781.

Charities, churches and agencies provide free holiday support. The assistance varies, but everything from free Christmas toys for kids from single parents to Thanksgiving/Christmas meals, food boxes, groceries, and other items can be given to qualified low income families. More on free holiday assistance in Lehigh County.

Free basic needs, furniture and clothing - Lehigh County families of all incomes can shop for low cost clothes, school supplies, beds, kitchen appliances and more. There are several free furniture banks and clothing closets. Parents living in poverty, or the lowest income residents, can often be given free clothing or supplies for their children. Locate Lehigh County free clothing closets, furniture and school supplies.

Utility and heating bill assistance is offered by several non-profits. The agencies listed below focus on this need. But other financial support may be given too.

  • Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) (dial (610) 691-5620) - Runs programs for renters and homeowners who pay for their fuel, financial grants are available for emergency fuel and heating bills assistance during heating season.
  • C.A.R.E.S. - (610) 774-5151 This program is for PPL customers. The CARES program works with customers having bill-paying problems due to emergencies, a short term crisis and unusual circumstances. The service will create a utility bill repayment plan in effort to stall shut-offs.
  • Federal Fuel Assistance Subsidy - Call (610) 821-6702 in Lehigh County and Allentown Pennsylvania. The federal government assistance program.





Salvation Army - Local branches can provide emergency utility and heating bill grant money. They also operate programs for housing needs, ranging from rent help to transitional housing, homeless shelters, and even free furniture or vouchers for a hotel room.

  • There are also back to school supply giveaways for students for backpacks and other goods. Or apply for Angel Tree and Adopt a family free Christmas gift and meals programs The Salvation Army helps the poor, homeless and single moms, among others, in Lehigh County.
  • The Salvation Army of Allentown is a non-profit charity organization that offers low income, the unemployed, and others with help. Get financial help for paying your rent or mortgage, and funds for utility bills. Locate additional Pennsylvania Salvation Army centers.

The locations are (610) 867-4681 in Bethlehem; (610) 432-0129 for Allentown; or dial (610) 863-6677 for Pen Argyl. The last center is (610) 258-9531 in Easton. Click here for details on the programs and resources they administer, and more on assistance from Lehigh Valley Salvation Army.

Grants to prevent evictions are allocated in the community each year. There can also be financial aid for people who may be currently homeless. The funds will help the local economy by providing money for emergency rent and utility bill payments. There is also support arranged to tenants such as free legal aid to contest a pay or quit notice.

The goal is to support struggling families, single parents, the disabled, and others. It will also go a long way towards helping the newly unemployed avoid eviction or get off the streets and find a home or apartment. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing the federal government funds. Read more on eviction help in Lehigh County.

Housing assistance and rent help - A multitude of other programs are offered in Allentown and Lehigh County. The local housing authority, non-profits, and government organizations all operate across the region, and they offer assistance to the low income and people with a crisis. Read more on emergency rent help in Lehigh Valley.

  • Each year, federal government funds may be offered to help with paying rent. There is also information on affordable apartments or homes, including in the private market. Or get short-term or medium-term assistance with utility bill payments or rent when combined with job programs. Each and every year there may be grants given to the City of Allentown and Lehigh County. The vast majority of the money will be to help pay for utility bills and provide rent and security deposit assistance.

St. Vincent de Paul in Lehigh County provides a wide variety of basic needs, mostly around food, meals, or clothes. The parish is St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, and in some cases there may be a few dollars for emergency financial help or medications, or maybe vouchers for gasoline for work. More on St. Vincent de Paul in Lehigh County assistance programs.

The Office of Aging and Adult Services, also known as Lehigh County Aging & Adult SE, provides support to older adults, seniors and people with disabilities. The address is 17 S 7th St #2, Allentown, PA 18101. Their programs include home-delivered meals, transportation assistance, Medicare Part A and D assistance, and in-home services, and caregiver support. They also help seniors from representative payee services. Call (610) 782-3255.







Help from the Allentown based community action agency

The local non-profit agency, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. (phone (610) 691-5620) offers low to moderate income people, as well as others who need some support, with several different assistance programs. Their offerings include:

  • Debt help - A financial services programs helps people eliminate credit card and other debts. Use a debt management plan, counseling, or other forms of assistance. The goal is to help people improve their financial situation. Click here to find other debt help options.
  • Foreclosure and mortgage help - Work with a counselor to find options that can save your home from a foreclosure filing. Click here for additional mortgage programs.
  • Heating, utility, and energy bills - The agency can sign up qualified people for access to many programs, including LIHEAP, PPL WRAP program, FirstEnergy, Pennsylvania state programs, UGI Low Income Usage Reduction Program and the PA Department of Community, WARM program and the federal government funded Economic Development Weatherization Assistance Program.
  • Employment services - Work with a counselor to both find a job, and improve your career prospects. There are also free items for works or students in Lehigh County, including desks, tablet, laptop or even find free computers for work or education reasons.
  • Free food - The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. has a partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. Together they provide thousands of people with free food, groceries, and other supplies.
  • Rental assistance and homeless prevention - The non-profit CACLV offers support such as referrals to funds to pay rent, tenant mediation, and maybe even refundable loan programs for housing costs or deposits. Other services include shelter and transitional apartments.

Several other assistance programs are available for working poor, seniors, and the low income. Continue with Community Action Agency of Lehigh Valley assistance programs.

Free food assistance programs

Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank provides help to eligible individuals and low-income families. Free groceries, holiday food boxes, baby milk and other support is arranged. The address is 417 N 14th St, Allentown, PA 18102, or call (610) 821-1332.

Additional assistance is provided throughout the region. There are more charities that operate food banks, cooking programs, meals at Christmas or Thanksgiving, and other resources. There are also free soup kitchens as well as Meals on Wheels services. Or find more Lehigh County free food pantries.

Health, dental and free medical care in Lehigh County

Allentown Health Bureau - Call them at (610) 437-7760. They provide health care information, access to community clinics, immunizations and education. Get OB/GYN, telehealth, STD checks and other support, including for people with no insurance. The office is at 245 N 6th St, Allentown, PA 18102. For example, learn about medical bill negotiation.

Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley (NHCLV) offers free comprehensive primary care services, including medical, dental, and behavioral health care, to low-income families. There is women services, disabetes management and more regardless of a patient's ability to pay as well as people on Medicaid. The address is 218 N 2nd St, Allentown, PA 18102, or call (610) 841-8400

Lehigh County State Health Center - The homeless and others will get help with basic medical or dental. Another local agency that offers health care information, clinics, education, and immunizations. Call (610) 821-6770

Places to contact for free or low cost dental care include the following. They may be able to assist. There is free dental cleanings, volunteer dentists, eye doctors, cancer checks and other fee or income based care. Or find other dental clinics for low income families near you.

  • Lehigh Valley Health Network at Muhlenberg. The address is 2545 Schoenersville Rd South Entrance, Bethlehem, PA 18017, or dial (484) 884-2315
  • Sacred Heart Hospital is a faith based, non-profit hospital. Free medical, behavioral health care, therapy and other support. The location is 450 W Chew St # 201, Allentown, PA 18102, or dial (610) 776-4802. Or locate therapy for free for the low-income.
  • Luke's Dental Clinic - The address is  240 Union Station Pl, Bethlehem, PA 18015, or call (610) 954-2460
  • NCC Dental Hygienists. Call (610) 861-5442. The agency offers cleaning, fluoride treatments, fillings and advice on need for additional work. Services for children ages 3-18 who have no insurance or means to pay.

Free legal advice from Lehigh County attorneys

North Penn Legal Services, Inc. provides a wide variety of legal advice and representation to those who would not otherwise e able to afford an attorney. Free lawyers, including pro-bono staff, help the poor, seniors, and low-income. They help with civic legal cases.

A variety of support is offered. The Allentown PA area lawyers can provide foreclosure, housing, and mortgage help. Also get legal support to prevent an eviction or utility disconnection, landlord/tenant issues, and other cases. Call them at (610) 317-8757.





Credit counseling, foreclosure prevention, debt help and budgeting

Foreclosure assistance and mediation is available at the county. Lehigh County has created a program for homeowners. If a home is ever to go into foreclosure, Lehigh County ensures a mediation session will occur. The goal is to get the lender and homeowner to meet to come up with a solution. More on Lehigh government foreclosure mediation.

NE Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Lehigh Valley - Works with mortgage holders, debtors, banks and lenders to achieve acceptable repayment plans. Also access budget counseling. They also help with car loans, medical debt and more. Call (610) 821-4010 or 215-324-7500.

Other agencies that offer credit counseling, foreclosure advice, debt and budgeting include South Bethlehem Neighborhood Center (610) 865-2791, and Easton Area Neighborhood Centers (610) 253-4253. There will also be some debt counseling programs offered


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