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Find help with rent in Cumberland County Pennsylvania.

Low income and struggling residents have a multitude of options available to them. Cumberland County programs may be able to help people pay their rent if they are facing an eviction. Those who need to move or who may be homeless can access short term transitional housing units or shelters. Funds may also be available to pay a security deposit or first month’s rent.

Below is an extensive summary of the various housing, shelters, and emergency rental assistance programs in Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Some locations may have waiting lists, and others will have limited funding. However if you need help now, or expect to need some assistance in the future, then be sure to explore all programs and resources that may be available to you in Cumberland County Pennsylvania. The earlier you look into solutions the higher your chances of receiving some form of aid.

Christ Among Neighbors – For people with an eviction &/or magistrate notice, and if they are behind on their rent, this charity center may be able to help as a last resort. Programs and funding may be offered for utilities, information/referral, and community resources. Various forms of proof and documentation of your hardship must be presented in order to qualify for any type of help. Interview and an extensive application process is required. Address is 130 S. Penn St. Shippensburg, and dial 717-532-7577.

Cumberland County Assistance Office – May have some emergency funds for rental assistance and other needs. 33 Westminster Drive, Carlisle Pennsylvania 17013. Phone 800-269-0173. Or find more details on public assistance in Cumberland County.

Cumberland County Aging and Community Services runs the Homeless Assistance Program. The main address is 401 E. Louther St. Suite 204, Carlisle 17013. Appointments are required. Staff are on site that can assist qualified low income clients needing rent and/or security deposit help. Other services include basic budgeting and life skills management. Various social services, case management, assessments of housing need, and community outreach & development is provided to homeowners, renters, and the needy. Call 243-4283. Some utility assistance programs can be referred to as well.

Cumberland Link provides information and referrals. Individuals with disabilities or people over 60 may access the service and information from this non-profit organization. Call 866-570-5465




Cumberland County Housing Authority, which is located at 114 N. Hanover St. in Carlisle Pennsylvania (call 249-1315 or 697-7703), offers several services. Among them include assistance to persons seeking an affordable homebuyer’s loan. Learn about section 8 housing vouchers. Free credit and debt counseling is also available from the non-profit.

Neighbors In Christ - First Presbyterian Church, located at 111 Big Spring Ave. Newville, PA 17241, offers emergency help such as shelter, rent, and support for other bills like heating and food. An extensive application process is in place for any type of rent or housing assistance, including proof of eviction, income, and financial hardship. The center serves as a last resort for people with no other options.

New Hope Ministries is a great place for referral and information on a host of assistance programs. Clients are able to access COMPASS service which can direct them to various social programs and emergency services. 5228 East Trindle Road. Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania, 17050 dial (717) 766-7333.

Tri County CAC housing, is based at 130 South Penn Street, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257. A wide variety of programs are offered, including immediate rent relief. All support is limited due to funding and need. From time to time may be able to help people address housing or rent issues. Call 1-888-697-0371 for information. More details on community action agency of Cumberland County housing assistance.

Samaritan Fellowship – Crisis help to persons living in South Middleton and Carlisle school districts, Middlesex Township & Gardners area. People with eviction notices or utility disconnection letters may qualify for aid. Note that referrals from Case managers are required for all residents of public or government subsidized housing (ie: HUD, Family Public Housing, section 8). Location is 99 Mooreland Ave. Carlisle 17013.

Todd Baird Lindsey Foundation can help with the cost of housing expenses, such as rent, mortgage, utilities, property taxes, and lot rent. Assistance is only offered for persons meeting certain low income and asset guidelines and persons ages 55 and older. The non-profit agency provides both emergency crisis and long term assistance to persons who live in service areas including the boroughs of Carlisle, Mt. Holly Springs, and Newville, Dickinson, and the townships of West Pennsboro, Middlesex, S. Middleton, Penn, L. Frankford, U. Frankford, and N. Middleton Pennsylvania. The main office is at P.O. Box 724, Carlisle 17013, call 486-4121.





Shelters in Cumberland County Pennsylvania

  • Carlisle CARES Shelter Program –  the agency provides shelter in the community. Those without children can use the services of local churches, regardless of their religion for short term accommodations. Address is 50 W. Penn Street, Carlisle, 17013, phone (717) 249-1009.
  • Genesis House is run by the Salvation Army. Call 249-1411. This is an emergency shelter at 127 S. Hanover Street, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013.
  • Another Salvation Army center in Cumberland County is the Stuart House. This location also provides short term transitional housing or motel/hotel vouchers when resources allow it. Call 249-1411.
  • James Wilson Emergency Shelter - Single parent females with or without children can use this center. 102 W. High St., Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013, call 249-2200


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