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Warren and Forest County assistance programs.

The leading non-profit to call is the local community action agency, which is Warren-Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council. The agency can refer people to state of Pennsylvania and federal government programs and resources. Other programs administered here include.

The Weatherization Program, which helps elderly, lower-income and handicapped families in the area including Warren and Forest counties. Programs can help homeowners save energy, reduce the expense of high energy bills, and also improve safety of their homes and living situation.

Head Start is for children ages 3 to 5 whose family meets income guidelines. It will promote literacy, school readiness, and social competency by offering a family-focused center-based program. Low income families and their children can receive individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development, free medical care, dental, mental health, parent involvement, and nutrition.

Homelessness Prevention resources are administered. Includes case management, referrals, and social services. Some local resources may offer rent help.

The Council is located at 1209 Pennsylvania Ave., West Warren, PA 16365. Dial (814) 726-2400.

Local Housing Options Team is made up of churches and non-profits that are service and housing providers and that were organized to address local housing issues, including low income, eviction prevention, section 8, and housing for people with disabilities.

Northwest Consortium Housing Committee is located at PO Box 464, Ridgway. Call 814.772.3838

Public Housing Authorities are in the county and neighboring areas. Some are based in Clarion. Housing Authorities are operated at the county or local level in Forest or Warren. Most of the authorities offer rental assistance vouchers, low-income housing (public housing units) and section 8 vouchers to subsidize rent for eligible low income households. One center can be reached at 814.226.8910.





The Forest County Courthouse is a Homelessness Prevention Agency. The center can refer people to case management, emergency rental assistance, and transitional housing units. 526 Elm Street, Tionesta, Pennsylvania phone 814.755.3537

Housing Authority of the County of 84 is another housing agency for Warren County. 108 Oak St
Warren, Pennsylvania 16365. Phone 814.723.2312, or click here for more details on rental assistance.

Warren County Community Services - Family Services staff at this center can assist individuals and lower income families with problem solving, addressing financial matters, and providing referrals to non-profits and government programs. Work towards achieving self-sufficiency with the help of this non-profit. Programs administered include Temporary Emergency Financial Assistance, and some people may be qualified for limited amounts of financial assistance for paying for bills such as utilities, rent and other miscellaneous items.  Other programs offered in Warren County include.

STEP - Success Towards Employment Program, which is an employment program. It provides job coaching, training, and one-on-one intensive support for low income job seekers. A trained employment specialist will work with the client to assess each person’s individual needs and strengths. The counselor will work with the client to create a comprehensive individualized employment plan. This can include items such as Improving interviewing skills, developing a 30 second “commercial”, searching for jobs on the internet and networking, and resume creation.

HEAP is used for utility and heating bills. It can help low income households, including seniors and the disabled in Forrest and Warren Counties. The Winter Crisis Program will offer financial assistance and grants to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection of their primary or secondary heating source, currently do not have power, or those who have less than a ten day supply of bulk fuel or heating oil. The Summer Crisis Program operates during the hot Pennsylvania summers, as the name implies. This utility program is focused on seniors, age 60 or older, and it can provide funds to help pay their electric or air conditioning bill. Read more on utility assistance programs.





Home Weatherization Assistance Program will help people save money on their energy bills. It is offered for free to qualified individuals, and it will improve the energy efficiency of their homes. A secondary benefit is it will create more affordable housing for those most in need. Income qualified rents and homeowners may receive this free energy bill conservation service if they meet the guidelines. Warren County Community Services has been serving the weatherization and energy needs of low income families since 1975.

Weatherization can provide for some or all of the following. Insulating attics, walls and basements, Cleaning or repairing heating systems, Replacing broken window panes, sealing return air/supply ducts coming into the home, wrapping hot water heaters, pipes, and even making minor door repairs.

Transportation Services, such as Medical Transportation. This is focused on seniors who no longer drive and/or people who need to get to a hospital or doctor appointment. Aid is focus on those who depend heavily on the agencies Senior Transportation Services.

Programs and volunteers can provide transportation to and from community clinics, doctor appointments, health centers, and therapy treatments, as well as other medical needs, in Warren County and bordering Forrest or other counties.

Dial Warren County Community Services at (937) 425-2100.




By Jon McNamara

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