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Schuylkill County rental and housing assistance.

Housing assistance programs across Schuylkill County range from emergency rental or security deposit assistance to homeless shelters, free legal aid to stop evictions, and section 8 HUD vouchers as a form of rent subsidy. These are other resources are offered from charities, churches, and government agencies.

Any rent help can be given in the form of loans or grants. Shelters and transitional housing units in Schuylkill County are very short term in nature. The free legal aid is focused on seniors, minorities, and the disabled. The point being that every financial assistance program in the Pottsville and Schuylkill County, whether for back rent, energy bills, moving costs, or something else are limited and come with restrictions. Find more details below.

Schuylkill County Department of Human Services
Address is 2640 Woodglen Road
Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901
Main number is (570) 621-3000
The county government office. Various financial aid programs (including for rent and energy bills) are combined with case management, social services, and advice. Any homeless prevention and/or welfare grants for paying rent come with other conditions that need to be met. This is all part of the statewide Emergency Shelter Allowance, ESA, which offers mortgage, energy bills, rent, and security deposit grants.

Midpenn Legal Services of Schuylkill County
Address is 315 N Centre St
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: (570) 628-3931
Lawyers give free legal help to low income families facing eviction. They can provide assistance with predatory loans, help try to get security deposits back, and help with housing issues.

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army Family Services
The centers are at Pottsville Corps (400 Sanderson Street, Pottsville, PA 17901 call 622-5252) or Tamaqua Corps (dial 668-0410). Everything from emergency rent to food, shelter, meals, holiday help and more is available. The rent and financial aid is limited, based on donations.

Catholic Charities in Schuylkill County
Church address is 13 Wood Rd
Pottsville, PA 17901
Main number is (570) 628-0466
Housing, thrift store for free furniture for a home or apartment, immigration help and other services are offered. There is also a homeless shelter. Any outreach or rental assistance requires counseling too.

Schuylkill Community Action
Main address is 225 N Centre St
Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901
(570) 622-1995
Housing stability for the low to moderate income includes security deposit help, rental assistance, funds for storage fees or lot rent, and other aid. Find more details on rent help from Schuylkill Community Action.

 

 

 

 

Schuylkill County Housing Authority
Office of government is at 245 Parkway
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania 17972
Dial (570) 385-3400
Rent subsidized apartments are offered from section 8 HUD vouchers. They also help with home buying programs, low cost mortgage loans, self-sufficiency, and public housing. The government entity often has a waiting list for rent help or low income section 8 apartments or homes. Or read more on section 8 housing in Pennsylvania.

SAM
590 Terry Reiley Way
Pottsville, PA 17901
Main number is (570) 621-2700
Appointments are needed and funds/resources are limited. Get help with household items, furniture, rent or security deposits, beds, and other emergency bills. At most $1000 in funds (or loans) are issued for rent or material items as part of PATH.

Short term housing in Schuylkill County

The agencies below either offer a homeless shelter or short term transitional housing. In addition, meals, clothes, and case management (including referrals to rental deposit programs) can help clients.

American Red Cross disaster shelter - 701 Centre Ave, Reading, PA 19601, Phone: (610) 375-4383
Schuylkill Women in Crisis – Location is confidential. Domestic Violence victims dial 800-282-0634.
Salvation Army has shelters at the locations above.
Servants To All is at 4 S Centre St, Pottsville, PA 17901. Dial (570) 900-1161

By Jon McNamara

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