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Rental assistance in Lackawanna County and Scranton.

Low income, seniors, and disabled Lackawanna County families have options when it some to receiving rental assistance. Programs are run by the state, local, and federal government. If those are not an option, then other resources are administered by local non-profits, charities, and churches. Most have limited funding and strict conditions need to be met in order to receive any form of housing assistance.

The organizations may often have a waiting list, and almost all will require proof of the financial hardship or emergency before a grant is issued to help pay rent or deposit costs. This can include copies of original eviction letters, financial status of the applicant, and similar documentation. Applicants will need to meet all criteria that may be in place.

Lackawanna County Department of Human Services has a department known as the Homelessness Prevention Agency. This is a non-profit organization that provides renters (and also homeowners) with case management services, emergency rental assistance, shelter, transitional housing, and other forms of support. People can also get information on local and federal programs such as section 8. The office is located at 135 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18503. Dial 570.963.6836. Lackawanna County government rental assistance and homeless prevention assistance is run out of this local office.

Catholic Social Services of Scranton has an office at 516 Fig Street, Scranton Pennsylvania 18505. Call (570) 207-2283. A number of assistance programs are administered for struggling and low income families. Examples of services run from the location include Financial Aid, Housing Counseling Program for Homeless Families, Relief Assistance Program, Senior Citizens Program, and the Saint James Manor Supportive Housing Program. Contact information is Anger Management Groups, Scranton Office 207-2283 as well as Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronic Homeless 342-1395.

Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency, Inc. is one of the local Community Action Agencies. It can help families and individuals, and social workers can help people work toward housing self-sufficiency. They often have referrals to loan programs to help with back rent or other government aid. 321 Spruce St, Scranton, PA 18503, call 570.963.6836

Carbondale Housing Authority is a local office of the Public Housing Authority. The large and extensive number of Housing Authorities in Pennsylvania are operated by county government or local towns and cities. Most of the offices offer section 8 vouchers, low-income housing (public housing units) and any other possible rent assistance that is available locally. A key goal of a local PHA is to subsidizethe monthly rent expense for eligible households. Office is at 2 John St, Carbondale, PA 18047, telephone 570.282.0280.




Another option is the Scranton Housing Authority
Address is 400 Adams Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18501-0711
Phone number is 570.348.4400

Scranton Office of Economic and Community Development, call (570) 348-4216, at one point in time provided services from the government funded Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. Funds can pay rent for up to a year, and other services include credit counseling, motel vouchers, and more.

Housing Authority of the County of Lackawanna
2019 W Pine St.
Dunmore, Pennsylvania 18512
Similar to above in the breadth and array of rent and housing programs run. Provides eligible low and very low income families with affordable, safe, and sanitary housing and apartments. The non-profit provides Section 8 housing vouchers and rental assistance, which means that qualified families will lease eligible apartments from private owners.

The Section 8 Housing Assistance Program is federal funded, and it can help the disadvantaged and very low income disabled, elderly, and other families. The government funded Housing Authority will do its best to provide emergency rental assistance to participants. Over 20 housing locations operate in the county.

Eviction prevention services are often funded by federal government or state grants. Tenants that meet income limits may qualify for assistance for rental or energy bill arrears. There are also programs as wide ranging as housing assistance for single mothers, funds for paying a security deposit, motel vouchers and more. This is in addition to emergency rent help. Read more eviction help in Lackawanna County.

Neighborhood Housing of Scranton
Address is 709 East Market Street
Scranton Pennsylvania 18509
Telephone number is (570) 558-2490
Offers programs for homeowners and renters who may be looking into buying a home for the first time. Specialists provide educational, financial, and so called “technical” assistance for potential first-time homebuyers in Lackawanna County Pennsylvania. They can also help arrange mortgage funding or other loans from banks and lenders.

Other services offered include pre- and post-purchase counseling offered. Free foreclosure prevention counseling is offered from this HUD certified counseling agency. In addition, NHS administers the City of Scranton's Lead Paint Reduction and Rehab Program.

Lackawanna Pro Bono Inc. has an address of 321 Spruce St. The attorneys at the firm can provide help with housing issues, including unpaid rent that could lead to an eviction. While money is not provided, Scranton area families can learn about their rights when it comes to housing., Call (570) 961-2714.





Lackawanna Department of Public Welfare runs the ESA - Emergency Shelter Allowance. It is used to place people into short term housing, offers grants for rent or heating bills, and long term, permanent housing placement. Call 877-431-1887.

United Neighborhood Centers advocates on behalf of the working poor and those living in poverty. Apply for rent help, gas cards, vouchers, and other aid. They also combine money for rental expenses with long term self-sufficiency. The office is at 425 Alder Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18505. Phone number is 570-346-0759.


By Jon McNamara











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