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Assistance programs in Tioga, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and Sullivan County.

Find where to get help, how to apply, and resources available. There are (1) housing programs (rent, security deposits or mortgages); (2) food (free meals, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals or gifts); (3) healthcare (free check-ups from clinics or dental cleanings); (4) advice (debt help, credit repair, government funded mortgage assistance, or employment programs); (5) free stuff (clothes, school supplies, furniture); and much more. Find charities, churches, and government assistance in counties including Wyoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and others.

TREHAB Center, Inc. has multiple locations in the area. The addresses are below, as well as details on the programs and resources administered.

Housing and Rental Services – Qualified lower income clients and families in the region are provided with landlord-tenant mediation services, more general housing-related counseling, and other services. Some of what may be provided is financial assistance too. For example, housing relocation and security deposits, shelter, rental and utility bill assistance, and other emergency homelessness prevention services. The names of the various services go by Emergency Food & Shelter Program, Wayne County Emergency Fund, and the Homeless Assistance Program.

Foreclosure Prevention and Mortgage Foreclosure Assistance can be offered by TREHAB. Housing counselors and community service workers provide information on and referrals to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP). This service is available for persons facing foreclosure on their home mortgage due to adverse economic circumstances, such as job loss or the weak economy. Read more on foreclosure help in Pennsylvania.

Energy Bill assistance including utility mediation – People facing a hardship or disconnection can be provided with mediation and also emergency heating/utility bill assistance. Intensive referral and follow-up services are provided to the low income and seniors as well.

Case Management is the name of self sufficiency. You may be able to access intensive casework services. This work with specialists from the community action agency includes development of a plan to establish self sufficiency, help with budgeting, credit repair, and similar job and financial services. Trehab also provides intensive referral and outreach to assist clients, including offering with other services in Pennsylvania and local counties such as Susquehanna.




Emergency Food Program can assist those faced with emergencies. This government program provides commodities and free food as a means of nutritional assistance to those in need. Food banks and pantries are located in Oakland (Susquehanna County), Montrose and in Dushore, which is in Sullivan County.

Weatherization Services can help reduce energy bills by installing energy saving tools, such as utilities and appliances. Examples include replacement glass, furnace Tune-ups, Repair or Replacement of heating and cooling systems, caulking, and weather stripping. Also, free energy education and advice is also in place as part of this program.

Job programs as part of the Workforce Investment Act Programs. Eligible individuals can get access to on-the-job training, career counseling, pre-vocational preparation, job search assistance, basic skills improvement, and occupational skills training. The primary goal of WIA is to assist them in obtaining gainful employment in any county, including Tioga and Susquehanna.

TREHAB Center, Inc. can be reached at 10 Public Ave., Montrose, PA 18801, phone (570) 278-3338. Other locations are at 14 South Main Street, call (570) 662-8110. Sullivan County TREHAB can be reached at 210 Center Street, Dushore, Pennsylvania 18614, phone (570) 928-9668

Tioga County Human Services is a designated Homelessness Prevention Agency. They provide case management, information on nearby rental assistance programs, as well as transitional and emergency housing. 766 Wellsboro, call 570.724.5766

Head Start can be reached at 1-800-717-4224. Staff from the program ensure that children from low income families are ready to learn and transition smoothly into kindergarten and preschool. A key is also the active participation of parents as the primary educators and nurturers of their children.

Salvation Army and their family services are offered and run from a location at 636 1/2 Main St., Forest City, Pennsylvania 18421. Call 570-785-4357. The Salvation Army Extension program provides emergency financial assistance to lower income families and individuals experiencing financial crisis. The resources include emergency food assistance, rental assistance, fuel, a homeless shelter heating and utility bill assistance too. There are also free food programs, Christmas gifts, school supply items and more. Continue with Susquehanna County Salvation Army assistance programs.

There are other sites too. Salvation Army Services also has an office in Dushore PA. Call (570) 946-9667. Programs are offered as a last resort. These include general aid including free food, clothing, and utilities for families with emergency needs and temporary hardships. Or shop at the low cost thrift store. There are also seasonal programs, including free Christmas toys from Angel Tree, vouchers to get heating oil, back to school supplies and other programs.





Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Wayne County helps the poor, immigrants, homeless, and hunry among others. There is a hot soup kitchen as well as food pantry. They give immigrants legal aid as well as documentation and address employment needs. Or buy furniture from a thrift store, kitchen or household supplies, and other goods. More on St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs in Scranton.

Susquehanna County Interfaith - Partners with local non-profit agencies to find local, federal or state of Pennsylvania assistance for all those in need that meet standard criteria. Programs include Thanksgiving Luncheon, Christmas Bureau, Emergency Program, and Back to School Shoe Program. A Thrift Store also provides for various programs and offers affordable clothing or household items. Montrose, Pennsylvania dial 570-278-1776

Ministry of Christian Service can be reached at 570-278-2156. They meet once a month, and hold a session that provides information to the community. Representatives from your local county, town, and state agencies distribute inforation that can help people in need at these monthly sessions.

Area Agency on Aging - Provides services to senior citizens including information on employment programs. They help retirees and older people get jobs through information & referral as well as job placement. There is also home support, counseling, public health care, Senior Center (dining, social & recreational programs), home repair, and transportation for medical. Or protection for those in a nursing home, legal, home delivered meals, ombudsman, or help from the Family Caregiver service. The address is 220 Main Street, Unit #2, Towanda, PA 18848. Call (570) 265-6121, or if you live in Sullivan County dial (570) 946-4316.

Food assistance programs are offered for all the counties in Pennsylvania, including Wayne, Tioga, and others. They give out free items, whether boxes of food or personal toiletries. Some soup kitchens feed meals, there are social workers that give out SNAP food stamps applications and other support. More on free food banks in Pennsylvania.

More local resources are offered too. A food pantry for Sullivan County is at 116 Carpenter Street, Dushore, PA 18614. It is located near Lutheran church. A couple days per month you may be able to access a food pantry; toys and children's winter boots for families in need and fruit baskets for the homebound, as well as Christmas and Thanksgiving Program-food baskets. Dial (570) 928-8253

Housing, rent, and homeless shelter programs help low income families, the currently homeless, and struggling tenants/homeowners. Whether in Susquehanna or Tioga County, or a nearby county, ESA funds pay back rent or utilities, there are rapid rehousing/deposit resources and other financial aid. More on rent help in Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming County.

Housing Authorities are government agencies that provide rental assistance and security deposit help to low income county residents in renting suitable housing. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is also administered. They also have referrals to government mortgage assistance.

  • The Sullivan County - (570) 946-7677
  • Tioga County Housing Authority – Call (570) 638-2151
  • Wayne County Housing Authority, Waymart PA, telephone 570.488.6069
  • Learn more on section 8 in Pennsylvania.





Northern Pennsylvania Legal Services Inc. can offer free legal aid or representation in civil cases. Low income people may qualify for help with cases such as spouse abuse, evictions, child abuse, bankruptcy, utility terminations, and credit issues. 521 Main Street, Towanda, Pennsylvania 18848, call 800-942-4028

Sullivan County Medical Center – Some health care may be provided on a sliding fee scale. This center offers 24 hour urgent care services, Well Baby Clinic, Physician services during office hours, Vaccines for children, WIC services, and Family Planning. Main and King Streets, Laporte, Pennsylvania 18626, call (570) 946-5101

By Jon McNamara













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