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Rent help in Chester County.

Get help with rent and housing expenses in Chester County Pennsylvania. The financial assistance programs offered by local non-profit organizations, churches and government agencies are committed to helping the low income, elderly, families with children, and disabled pay their rent or security deposits. Agencies can also provide them with information on local charities or government housing programs for emergency rental or moving expenses..

As with most assistance programs, unfortunately funding is limited and not everyone will qualify for emergency rental assistance. It is recommend to ask for help before you are faced with an imminent eviction as the more time you have the more options that will be available to you. Individuals can learn about and apply for emergency cash assistance to pay rent, section 8 housing, homeless prevention programs, security deposits, and other eviction prevention programs and services. If you are struggling to pay your rent, call one of the Chester area non-profits below for assistance or referrals.

Good Samaritan Services Lancaster And Chester Counties - Only single women, single men, and single mothers as well as their children along with single fathers and their children can contact the non-profit. The main goal is to both prevent and end homelessness in the community. They can provide emergency funds to prevent evictions, information on and help in applying to low income housing, resources such as section 8 vouchers and more. 1516 Olive Street Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320-2433, call (610) 380-1360

Chester County Department of Community Development - Apply for rent help, security deposits, credit counseling, and motel vouchers from this Chester County Pennsylvania government agency. This homeless prevention and rapid rehousing program was created from government stimulus dollars. Various state of Pennsylvania as well as federal government provided grants are used for rental assistance, and they are operated out of this office. 601 Westtown Rd # 365  West Chester, PA 19382-4992, call (610) 344-6900

Steeple To People Ministries Inc. - Provides assistance, including clothes, food, job and rent assistance to Chester County families. Helps meet the spiritual needs of individuals as well. 3886 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, Pennsylvania 19344, (610) 273-7633




Community Youth and Women's Alliance - This non-profit offers rent and housing assistance from the Stable Family Program. Solutions are focused on women and children in the local community. They can find safe and affordable housing, and apply for grants to pay rent. 423 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA, 19320, phone number (610) 384-9591

Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation of Chester County - The non-profit only supports single parents who are working full time and living with their children in Chester County housing that is not federally government subsidized. Services administered include ongoing rental assistance and case management. They help parents maintain clean, safe, affordable housing while they strive for financial independence. 330 West Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19382. (610) 696-5675

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund - 602 S. Bethlehem Pike Bldg. D, Ambler, PA, 19002, telephone (215) 643-0763

Tredyffrin and Easttown Care can provide for basic needs. This can include shelter, grants for back rent, and help in locating a new, low income apartment in Chester County. Dial 610-644-0594.

Faith Emergency Fund - Funds may be provided for rent, heating bills and other housing costs, and the church based group offers other support too. Homeless prevention is a focus, and low income families need to be out of all other options before any one time loans for rental assistance may be provided. Location is 212 S High St, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19382. Phone number is 484-324-8492, or find details on FISH emergency rent help.

Homeless prevention from Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children is for single parents and families with children. Rent help, transitional housing, and other support is provided. 610-431-3598





Chester County Housing Authority
Main location is 30 W Barnard St
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382
Dial (610) 436-9200
This federal and state government supported agency runs the section 8 HUD housing choice voucher program. There are rent subsidies for low income apartments, public housing units, home buying programs, and other services. The non-profit will also run the Family Self-Sufficiency as well as the Housing Choice Vouchers for homeownership program in Chester County.

Chester County Human Services may have grants for security deposits or rent in order to stop evictions. They can also help with public housing or section 8 HUD vouchers for the working poor, among other support. Services administered include eviction prevention and direct financial assistance from this government affiliated agency. Dial 610-429-3033.

Open Hearth, Inc. - Stop by or call the non-profit agency for assistance. Counselors can help the low income, unemployed, and people facing a crisis apply for emergency rental services. Qualified individuals can also receive case management, free advice, and other housing support. The office is located at 101 North Main Street Suite A-1, Spring City, Pennsylvania, 19475. Call (610) 792-9282.

Chester County Bar Association - The pro-bono firm can provide free legal aid for low to moderate income families. This will include representation for stopping evictions and other support from attorneys. The main office is at 15 West Gay Street, and phone is 610-692-1889.

Eviction and homeless prevention can be provided by Emergency Shelter Allowance grants (ESA) as well as other programs. One time rent help can be paid out to people with a pay or quit notice. Other support ranges from landlord-tenant mediation to deposit help, money for moving, and rental assistance to the vulnerable such as immigrants or single mothers. More information on Chester County homeless prevention.


Parkesburg Churches Community Outreach may offer loans and other forms of financial aid for rental and housing costs. A focus is on stability, and staff may also arrange other services for struggling tenants as well as seniors in Chester County. Any money for rent or other bills is limited. Phone - 610-568-5835.

A church may have funds as well. Any money available for paying rent is limited, it is for an emergency and is the result of donations. Support is for a wide range of individuals, ranging from women escaping domestic violence to single moms, veterans, and others may apply for housing or rental assistance. More on churches in Chester County.





Phoenixville Area Community Services - One of the leading housing organizations in Chester County. Assistance can help people stay in their home, or if someone has been evicted, individuals may be able to get help finding a new home or apartment. This includes security deposit assistance, first months rent, or funds for moving costs. 257 Church Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 19460 Phone:(610) 933-1105

Tenant Action Group - Dial 215.575.0700 for information. Renters can get information on financial aid, low income-affordable apartments, legal aid, and more.

Act In Faith
Location is 212 S. High St.
West Chester, PA 19382
Main phone number is (484) 324-8492
The non-profit has an emergency funds. There may be cash to help pay back rent, energy bills (if it will stop evictions), rental deposits and other housing expenses.

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania as well as Chester County offers free assistance to senior citizens, the disabled, and families living in poverty. They help with housing discrimination, can mediate landlord-tenant disputes, and provide free foreclosure counseling. Eviction help, referrals to emergency financial or rent help, and other legal aid is arranged. The free lawyers are at 222 N. Walnut Street, West Chester, PA 19380. Intake number is (610) 436-4510.

By Jon McNamara

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