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Assistance programs Venango County

Locate non-profits, government organizations and charities to call for immediate financial help or free stuff in Franklin, and Oil City in Venango County PA. Find grant money to help pay rent as well as funds for utility bills. Or get free food, clothes, and support for kids as well as job training. Apply for financial assistance near you in Venango County.

Grans to help with bills or housing from community action

The local community action agency that helps low-income families with emergency and long term needs is the Venango County Office of Economic Opportunity. Call the center at (814) 437-2338. This non-profit agency runs has grant applications to help with bills, job training, and a variety of assistance programs. There is also partnership with other local non-profits in Franklin and Venango County. Some of the services they offer include the following.

  • Legal Assistance (civil matters only) - Free legal advise for issues such as foreclosure, unemployment claims, consumer debt issues, and other matters. Lawyers help low-income families and tenants in Venango County. Read more on free lawyers for the low-income in PA.
  • Utility Assistance - Help for paying heating and utility bills, including LIHEAP. Community action offers grant money for power, light, and gas bill help.
  • Weatherization will help people save money. Get weatherization applications near you.
  • Information & Referral - Learn about other Pennsylvania and federal assistance programs. Case workers from Venango County Office of Economic Opportunity help veterans, the homeless and single moms among others find resources and apply for them.
  • Housing - Rent assistance is offered to stop evictions. Or get information on federal government foreclosure prevention programs or find other ways to get money for a mortgage.
  • Free food - Find locations of food pantries. Community action works with churches and charities to give out free groceries.
  • Transportation (Medical Assistance recipients only).




Community action is based at 1 Dale Ave, Franklin, PA 16323. The goal is to offer short term financial help as well as long term stability. Call 814) 432-9767

Financial assistance, food, money for rent or utilities, and other aid

Community Service of Venango County offers the low income and working poor many different options and resources. They include the following:

  • Crisis assistance - Receive access to emergency assistance, including the USDA and FEMA food programs. Holiday assistance is also offered, including holiday food or hot meals during Thanksgiving and Christmas time, along with Spirit of Giving and Adopt-a-Family programs. Donated clothing is also available to people using our services at no cost to them.
  • Food pantry - The center provides free food and clothing to individuals and families who are struggling with limited income, unemployment or a recent emergency.

Call the Oil City Pennsylvania based agency at 814-676-5011. The main address is 203 Center St, Oil City, PA 16301.

The Franklin and Oil City Salvation Army (814-677-4056) is a great resource to contact for financial help or free items. They can direct people to local charities and non-profits, food pantries, and guide people through government assistance program options.

  • From time to time they may be able to provide limited financial assistance for paying utility bills, rent, free food, and medications. The Salvation Army also has free school supplies for kids, applications to Angel Tree, and other social services from the location. The address is 217 Sycamore St, Oil City, PA 16301.

St Elizabeth Center also has a food bank with groceries, personal toiletries, rice, pasta and other items. The location is 311 Emerald St, Oil City, PA 16301. Call (814) 677-0203.

Christ United Methodist Church is based at 1135 Buffalo St, Franklin, PA 16323. A soup kitchen and food pantry help the elderly, single parents, disabled and others. Free food boxes and some basic items like clothes for kids or adults are offered. Call (814) 432-3019





Emmaus Haven has housing programs, including a homeless shelter at 1269 Liberty Street, Franklin, PA 16323. Call (814) 428-5282. There are also meals and support for people that have been evicted. Learn where to go when being evicted.

Oil City Housing Authority partners with HUD to offer income subsidized homes and apartments. Get section 8, home buying help and more from 110 Moran St, Oil City, PA 16301. Call (814) 676-5764


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