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Pike County assistance programs.

Find help for heating bills and utility bills

For those families and individuals who are behind or struggling with paying their heating and utility bills, Pike County Light & Power Company (PCL&P) can help. Millions of people across the county are struggling with paying their energy bills in today’s weak economy. PCL&P customers who find themselves unable to pay for their utility or home heating fuel bills because of emergency financial conditions, such as a job loss or unexpected medical bills, can now apply for assistance from PCL&P’s emergency fuel fund. The program is known as the Neighbor Fund, and people can apply at the Pike County Human Development Office.

Some of the reasons that individuals are applying for aid include a financial reversal, such as a sudden job loss, an accident, an unexpected medical problem or emergency. As most people know, any other type of crisis or emergency could happen to anyone at anytime. So for the last 25 years the Neighbor Fund has helped and the assistance it provides has assisted thousands of people in the community and really across Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in learning more or applying, stop by the Salvation Army office at 99 Ball Street in Port Jervis. Or, another option for Pike County Light & Power customers is to go to the Pike County Human Development Office, which is located at 506 Broad Street in Milford Pennsylvania. Also click here for more information on utility assistance programs.

Additional resources for help

Another place to turn to for aid is the Pike County Human Development Office. This office provides residents with several resources and services, including emergency rental and mortgage assistance, utility bill assistance, emergency shelter, food vouchers and a listing of Pike county food pantries. Some of the resources resources that may be available include the county housing rehab program, counseling and referrals to other organizations. The development office may also distribute funding, grants, and it serves as an information source for local human service agencies. Feel free to call them at (570) 296-3434.





Pike County Assistance Office administers a number of federal and state of Pennsylvania public assistance programs. Some examples of the services offered to the low income are below.

  • Offers payments and grants to pay for burial and cremation services on behalf of eligible low income and indigent individuals.
  • The cash assistance/TANF program provides cash grants to help dependent children, pregnant women and their parents. Support is offered for those people who live with them as well, and it can pay for basic needs.
  • Heating bill help is from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. This resource helps the very low-income pay their winter heating costs. Grants, cash aid, and more is paid out to the needy.
  • General assistance from Pennsylvania is offered to people with temporary or permanent disabilities.
  • The main Pike County food assistance program is available as part of SNAP/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This was known as Food Stamps in the past. Cash vouchers can be issued to help people buy food and eat a more healthy diet. Click programs for food.

The county office is at 10 Buist Road, Milford, PA 18337. Call 866-267-9181.

Crossroads Supportive Housing Program is paid for by the Carbon-Monroe-Pike County Mental as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  Health/Mental Retardation Office. It can offer assistance to homeless individuals who have some form of serious and persistent mental illness. Resources offered include rental help; individualized treatment and goal planning; case management; and also referral and linkage to non-profit community resources and government programs. Also look into life skills training; coordination of affordable medical, dental and mental health services and also educational and vocational training services. It is offered for people in Pike County and nearby regions as well. 390 North Courtland St., East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18301. Call 570-476-9228

Bushkill Outreach Program operates a food pantry that supplies free emergency food and ongoing monthly distributions. The assistance is offered for families in need in Lehman and Middle Smithfield Townships. Some of what may be offered includes clothing, groceries and even some household furnishings. This and more may be available to low income families in Pike County. Route 209, Bushkill, PA 18324. Call 570-588-0660




By Jon McNamara

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