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Williamsport and Lycoming County rental assistance programs.

Charities, churches, and the government in Lycoming County may often be able to provide emergency rent assistance. There will be funds used to help a qualified low income family or individual make it through a short term crisis, and preventing homelessness is one reason that can qualify an applicant for a housing program.

There is financial assistance available to pay back rent, security deposits, rehousing costs (moving or landlord application fees), and even energy bill costs. Anything housing related may qualify. While the services may help pay for a multitude of costs, the Williamsport agencies will have limited funding. However tenants can also try one or more of the agencies for any rental assistance that they may have.

If all else fails, a Lycoming County agency may be able to give referrals to another local housing program or charity that has money for rent. Whether it is a shelter, loan programs, transitional housing site, or even agency on aging centers for a senior citizen, there may be some form of help offered.

Salvation Army Williamsport Corps
Address is 457 Market Street
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701
Phone – 570-326-9187
They may offer emergency rent or mortgage payment assistance as well as counseling. Funds come from the Homeless Assistance Program (HAP), and no money is given for deposits or first month's rent.

American Rescue Workers - Social Services Program - Rent Assistance -Williamsport
Location is 326 Bridge Street
Williamsport, PA, 17701
Call 570-323-8401
This is a church that offers social services. One use of a grant may be for paying rent, but there is also low cost furniture, food, heating bill help, and resources for other housing needs.

Lycoming County Department of Human Services Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA)
400 Little League Boulevard
Williamsport PA, 17703-0127
Call 570-327-3300
The government grants from ESA can help stop evictions or rehouse the homeless. Funds can pay for rent, mortgages, utilities, or even security deposits for a new low income apartment. Other case management and job programs are combined with these rent payments.





United Churches of Lycoming County - Calvary Church of the Nazarene
Location is 3200 Lycoming Creek Road
Williamsport, PA, 17701
They only help residents in the Hepburn-Lycoming ministerium or that live near the church. Fuel bills, rent, and other bills can be paid using loans or cash aid.

Shepherd of the Streets
669 Center Street
Williamsport, PA, 17701
Main phone - 570-322-6538
Most of the funds are for utility bills, but referrals may be given to emergency rental assistance.

STEP Outreach
Address is 2138 Lincoln Street
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701

Lycoming Housing Authority
1941 Lincoln Drive
Williamsport, PA, 17701
Programs include public housing, section 8 vouchers, and advice.

North Penn Legal Services
329 Market St
Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701
Phone number - (570) 323-8741
free legal aid is given to working poor tenants and seniors.




Shelters in Lycoming County

YWCA North central Pennsylvania and the Liberty House Shelter. Phone 570-322-4637, or address is 815 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 17701. Housing is for women, single moms, and women with children.

Men's Transitional Housing, 643 Elmira Street, Williamsport, PA, 17701, phone 570-323-8401.

Saving Grace Shelter is at 324 Campbell St, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701. Dial (570) 323-4130. A 24 bed shelter with meals, food, and more.

By Jon McNamara


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