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Northumberland County Pennsylvania assistance programs.

Get help for utility and heating bills, rent, and mortgage assistance

Assistance for paying energy bills

The local non-profit agency, Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. (phone 570-644-6575) offers a couple different programs to help people pay their heating, energy, and gas bills.

Crisis Assistance Refueling Energy Services - A maximum of up to $250 will be paid per qualified household. the money is paid directly to the customers power or utility company. The energy assistance program will provide a variety of financial assistance and energy related services to low income, the working poor, and other qualified individuals and or households. Services offered from the Crisis Assistance Refueling Energy Services program fall into two main categories. They include Energy Bill Assistance Services as well as the federal government and state of Pennsylvania funded Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). , etc.

Another non-financial assistance program offered is counseling, referrals, and information on programs from the government and directly from utility companies. In most cases, in order to receive energy bill help applicants will need to have exhausted all other sources of assistance including but limited to: government funded LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), Faith Based Organizations, the Salvation Army, and other charities.

Emergency assistance

Catholic Charities (570) 648-6431 from time to time may have limited financial assistance to help people deal with a crisis, such as people facing a disconnection of their utility service or those who may lose their home or be evicted.




Referrals for rent and mortgage help

Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. is a great resource to use to learn about other housing programs, such as how to get rent and mortgage help. They can advise on such programs as Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing, as well as state of Pennsylvania mortgage programs. They can even help people with budgeting and debt problems. Call them at phone 570-644-6575.

Other places to call for housing aid include.

  • Northumberland County Housing Authority (570) 742-8797
  • Mount Carmel Housing (570) 339-5844
  • Sunbury Housing (570) 286-7751
  • Shamokin Housing (570) 644-0431

Free legal advice and representation

The following agencies provide free legal advice and/or representation.

  • Pennsylvania Senior LAW Helpline - 1-877-PA SR LAW
  • Legal Aide - (570)286-5687
  • Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network - (570) 286-5687
  • Elder Care Solutions 1-877-326-6565





Food aid, household products, and clothing

Contact any of the following charities and non-profits in Northumberland County. Some of the services offered may include free food or groceries, clothing for school or work, and holiday meals and assistance.

  • Cornerstone Community Center (570) 339-2407
  • Haven Ministries (570) 286-1672
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors (570) 490-3230

Health and medical care, and clinics

These medical facilities may offer health care to low income individuals on a so called sliding scale, and they can definitely help advise and redirect those in need. So patients will only need to pay what they can afford to towards their medical bills and medications.

  • Geisinger Health Systems (570) 271-6211
  • Shamokin Area Community Hospital (570) 644-4200
  • Sunbury Community Hospital (570) 286-3333
  • Evangelical Community Hospital (570) 522-2000


By Jon McNamara

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