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Monroe County Pennsylvania assistance programs.

Housing, shelter, and energy bill assistance

Almost 10 organizations, charities, and agencies in Monroe County and Stroudsburg Pennsylvania will be receiving tens of thousands of dollars from the federal government to provide aid to county residents.

The federal government is providing the funds from the $787 billion economic stimulus package that was recently approved by Congress and signed into law by Obama. A local board in Monroe County has identified local charities and recipients for the money, and the organizations have final federal approval. The groups that will be disbursing aid include :

  • Women's Resources, $10,000 will be paid out its shelter and housing assistance program for abused women and children. (570) 420-8589
  • The Salvation Army will be offering $8,000 for its rental assistance program and an additional $6,000 for utility bill assistance. (570) 421-3050
  • Meals on Wheels, $1,500 will be provided for its meal home delivery program.
  • Family Promise of Monroe, which provides temporary shelter for the homeless and rent assistance, can also transport families to a job. The churches that offer a shelter and provide financial help work on a rotating basis.
  • Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health-Mental Retardation, $1,500.
  • Oasis of Love Inc., $2,323 for its needs-based utility assistance programs and consumer food aid.
  • Supplemental Food Resource Center, $3,000 for food assistance
  • Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network, $2,000 for its food aid program.

Pocono Area Transitional Housing (PATH) - A service known as Transitional Housing Program provides temporary housing, shelter, and rent help with other support services included to low income families with children experiencing a housing crisis in Monroe County. Each family must address the cause of their housing crisis as part of the program and counseling, and each client needs to also establish goals and develop/carry out an action plan, with primary goal of obtaining/maintaining their own housing and paying their rent over the long term. 570-476-1828





Health care in Monroe County Pennsylvania

A program known as PoconoInfo is run by the Pocono Alliance, Inc. This medical and health care focused program is Monroe County Pennsylvania comprehensive health, human, and social services Information and Referral service. The program can provide Stroudsburg and Monroe County residents access to information and referrals on almost 800 local health/human services, PA medical clinics, and even dental centers via phone calls and walk-in visits during the week.

Emergency shelter and housing support

Family Promise is a local, nonprofit agency that runs a program that helps families who suddenly lose their housing, apartment, or home. The faith based group will help people find emergency shelter through a network of affiliate churches that will provide shelter. Since the assistance program began in 2008, it has never been without a wait list.

The charity may also provide support such as mentoring, free food or meals, and grants for security deposits or first months rent. Family Promise of Monroe County can be reached at (570) 420-8589, or click here.

Free legal aid in Monroe County

North Penn Legal Aid (1-877-9-LEGAL-0) provides low and moderate income families with free legal advice. They can provide assistance with housing problems (even foreclosures), employment situations, domestic violence, family law, and more.





Energy assistance, financial assistance resources and rent help

The Stroudsburg and Monroe County Salvation Army, which can be reached at (570) 421-3050, provides numerous assistance programs and other aid. Among other services and resources they offer include the following: Limited cash assistance for paying utility and heating bills, as well as referrals to Pennsylvania utility assistance programs. Rent assistance through both its own funds and government assistance. Food from the so called Feeding Program. Holiday and Christmas meals and gifts. And they are a great agency to contact to learn about other local charities and non-profits.

The Salvation Army will also administer general social services and case management for families in Stroudsburg and neighboring communities. For example, staff can review a clients resume or direct them to employment programs. Or learn about public assistance programs in Pennsylvania, such as food stamps or TANF. A number of services are administered. More information Monroe County Salvation Army.

Monroe County Housing Authority – Facilitates low income public housing, and runs the section 8 voucher program. 1055 West Main Street, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360, dial (570) 421-7770

Non-profit Consumer Credit Counseling – Specialists work with people to try to get them on track with their finances. Free budget counseling is offered, education programs, housing or mortgage counseling, debt management & repayment, credit report review, bankruptcy credit counseling and debtor education. The main goal is to help people pay their mortgages, eliminate debts, and get back on a solid financial footing. Dial (570) 420-8980. Or read more Pennsylvania credit counseling.

Find help with rental costs as well as other housing needs in Monroe County. Several charities, as well as the state’s welfare office, partner together to offer cash grants, shelter, and more. The money can be used to pay for security deposits or moving costs. There may also be funds or loans to assist with paying rent in a crisis or utility costs. When homelessness can’t be stopped, then the family may be able to use a transitional housing site. Find rental assistance in Monroe County.

The Salvation Army is a leading social service organization in Monroe County. Energy bill assistance is offered, and this program assists low-income families, especially seniors and families with children, with paying their heating bills. Financial assistance includes a winter weatherization kit as well as a one-time delivery of fuel.




Emergency short term housing and shelter is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. Individuals can also receive lunch at the soup kitchen and snacks in the evening, plus advocacy and counseling. The feeding program is also offered by the Monroe Pennsylvania Salvation Army Soup. A food pantry and soup kitchen operates year-round. A generous, hot and nutritious lunch is provided to individuals experiencing hunger or who need food for their families. Clothing and social development is also offered. Call 570-421-3050

The Grants Office in Monroe County is a great place for referrals. A major focus is on the elderly, and this may be assistance in the form of Meals on Wheels, Medicare applications, recreational trips, and services with Agency on Aging. They also help homeowners facing foreclosure by offering a mortgage assistance diversion program. Referrals are also given to emergency utility bill help from $1 Energy Fund, free weatherization services, and other financial aid. More on Monroe County Grants Office programs.

Bushkill Outreach Program, Inc. – Offers a food pantry, and provides monthly distribution and emergencies. Other aid offered is clothing and home furnishings. Also provides coats, the Angel Tree program, and Christmas toys for needy families. Call (570) 588-0660

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley provides some services to income qualified individuals and senior citizens in Monroe County. They administer emergency programs for heating bills, including LIHEAP and weatherization. Other free energy conservation measures are in place as well.

Another key focus is on working with pantries to provide free food to needy families, children and seniors. Other resources include VITA income tax preparation services, rental and/or funds to pay deposits, educational programs and foreclosure counseling. Read more Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley.

Monroe County Administrative Center is an agency that provides case management, emergency rental assistance, shelter and transitional housing. Some people from the region are only given referrals, and this is another service for qualified low income families. The address is One Quaker Plaza, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360. Call 570.420.3750. If they can’t assist with housing needs, then other resources are available. Read more help with rent.

Monroe County Assistance Office is based in Stroudsburg, but supports the low income and needy across the entire county. Offers temporary assistance to needy families (TANF), emergency shelter, cash assistance, and general assistance. Some of the non-financial resources include emergency shelter, state blind pension, government health care, foster care payment, and medical bill assistance. The Women, Infants And Children (WIC) program is a supplemental food program for low income women with children, those who are pregnant, and breast feeding women. 1-877-905-1495. Click here for more details on public aid.





Free food, meals, and clothing in Monroe County Pennsylvania

Monroe County Meals on Wheels can provide Home Delivered Meals to the needy. Volunteers and other members of the community will deliver two healthy meals (1 hot and 1 cold) five days a week to seniors, the disabled, and the homebound. This will provide both nutrition and a welcome visit to shut-ins and those who need company. The target population of Meals on Wheels is the homebound who are mentally or physically unable to shop for or prepare meals for themselves. A minimal fee may be required for the meals, however there are no age limitations. Call 570-424-8794

Christian Awareness Ministries Ecumenical (CAME) – Runs a food pantry. Stop by or call (570) 595-9141. The location is Rt. 447, High Acres Park, Canadensis, PA 18325.

Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network – While a host of services are offered by referrals, so of the focused resources include food, clothing and rental assistance, if qualified. Phone: (570) 992-3136. Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania 18353 based agency.

Pocono Mountain Ecumenical Hunger Ministry – Call for information and services of the food pantry. Dial (570) 894-2072

Follow Me Foundation - Emergency groceries provided quarterly for those in need in the East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania area. Dial (570) 420-1077

Supplemental Food Resource Center - Provides emergency meals, groceries and food. Must reside within the West End community area in order to apply. People of all backgrounds can get help, regardless of your income. Families and individual who are in need of food may be able to turn to this center for assistance. (570) 529-1890. Read more on food pantries in the state.

The Oasis Of Love, Inc. is a food pantry located at 814 Monroe Street, Suite 201, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360, main number (570) 972-0838

Top Of The Mountain Ecumenical Council – Dial (570) 646-7456

Additional regional food pantries can feed hungry and/or low income families. Not only may they have free groceries or food, but Christmas or Thanksgiving meals or toys, clothes, school supplies, and other goods may be offered to local families. Find a listing of local Monroe County food pantries.

Employment services and job training

Burnley Workshop of the Poconos may be able to help people find a job. One of the main programs they run is the Vocational Training. This is a workshop that provides short/long-term employment opportunities as well as on-the-job training for individuals with disabilities. Call 570-992-6616

Experience Works Inc. – A community-based organization that helps seniors and older adults in Monroe Pennsylvania get the training they need to find good jobs in their communities. Route 611 Merchants Plaza, Tannersville, PA 18372-0789. Phone (570) 620-2868





Dental and medical care services as well as free clinics

Monroe County Family Health Center (telephone (570) 476-3141) as well as the Monroe County State Health Center Pennsylvania Department of Health (dial (570) 424-3020) can address dental and medical issues. Both are located in the Stroudsburg area. They are community based clinics, offer immunization for non-insured, facilitate HIV counseling and testing, and help people apply for government health care. The Center is open for all people in the region; however they focus on the low income, indigent, underserved, and the uninsured in the community. Health and dental care is offered to provide quality preventative health care services to individuals of all income levels. Phone 570-476-3141


By Jon McNamara

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