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Washington County Pennsylvania assistance programs.

Low income families can get help from free government benefits from Human Services, churches, charities, or non-profits in Washington County. Apply for grants or loans that help with paying rent or mortgages, emergency utility or heating bill help, or get free food from pantries or clothes. There are also free seasonal programs (Easter baskets, Thanksgiving meals, school supplies or Christmas gifts) for low income families.

Find how and where to apply for that financial aid, as well as legal advice, prescription drug vouchers, job programs, and much more below in the Washington County PA area. There are also community clinics or health care centers that give free medical care, including free eye exams near you.

Weatherization energy conservation programs

Homeowners can take advantage of a free program that will help them save up to hundreds of dollars per year on home heating costs and energy bills. ACTION Housing, Inc. runs the program for Washington County Pennsylvania families. The free program will weatherize low to moderate income homes as well as senior citizens or the disabled.

It works as follows. Each unit must receive a complete energy audit as the first step. After the audit it will be decided what type of improvements are needed to your home. The improvements made will reduce the amount of heat loss in your home. Some of the energy conserving measures conducted to your home include caulking, water conservation, attic and floor insulation and ventilation, crawl space and floor insulation, heating systems tune ups, inspection and incidental repairs. Other components include hot water tank insulation, door sweeps, packing in holes and cracks, caulking, replace broken glass, and replacing and replacing windows. Dial (724) 483-2399 to learn more.

Washington County food banks or meal programs

Receive free food and groceries from the Greater Washington County Food Bank. The organization provides food for the hungry and needy of Washington County. (724) 229-8175.

 

 

 

Other places to turn to for free food, groceries, or holiday meals and possibly non-financial support like clothes, meals, diapers, and furniture include the below.

  • Soup Kitchen-City Mission: 724-222-8530
  • Great Food For All: 724-223-8404
  • Public Welfare: 724-223-4300. Also click here for information on such programs as food stamps also known as SNAP.

Tri-State SHARE – Provides quality, low cost food. Works with a network of non-profits and host organizations to provide a supplementary food package at about 50% off the retail price. Clients also need to agree to “give back” by performing two hours of community service. N. Versailles, PA based agency. Telephone (877) 686-0460

Washington Christian Outreach – Offers food, meals, clothing, and gifts. Needy or low-income persons can sign up for United Way Caring Tree, Shoes for Kids, Coats for Kid, or Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Also operates soup kitchen (take out only) five days per week for the needy. 119 Highland Avenue, Washington, Pennsylvania 15301, dial (724) 222-0750

Free legal aid

The Legal Aid Society SW PA helps low income, elderly, and disabled. It provides Washington County clients with free legal assistance on civil cases that involve landlord/tenant, foreclosures, divorce, support, abuse, custody. There is also help with welfare applications problems, visitation, SSI, SSD, government programs, unemployment compensation, consumer debt problems, bankruptcy, and insurance issues. Read more on the programs, or dial (724) 225-6170 for legal help. Or locate free lawyers in Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

Short term emergency and crisis grants

Many families are facing an eviction, or losing their home to foreclosure. Community Action Southwest ((724) 225-9550) has several housing programs to provide rent and foreclosure/mortgage help. Counselors will work with you to provide Budget/Credit Counseling, Mortgage Default Assistance, and information on the Pennsylvania HEMAP (Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program).

Housing Authority, Washington County – The federal government section 8 housing voucher program provides eligible low income persons with rental assistance in the form of subsidies. Also provides low rent/affordable private and public housing for income qualified senior citizens, families and the disabled. Call (724) 228-6060.

A local charity organization, the Washington County Salvation Army, provides assistance in the form of emergency social services, a free food pantry, disaster assistance, rent and housing programs. There is also a friendly visitor program for transient workers, spiritual counseling, funds for paying electric bills, youth music programs.

Other resources from the Salvation Army include prescription drug assistance, Traveler’s Aid, andfree  winter coats or money for fuel. Or get free Christmas help as well as school supplies for kids. Call the agency at (724) 225-5740, or click here for additional details on Washington County PA area Salvation Army assistance programs.

SPHS Connect, Inc. – This is one of the leading non-profit organizations to call for help. They can provide utility bill and rent assistance to prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless or having their utilities shut off. Work with a case manager to find permanent housing. Other essential services include transportation, assistance with obtaining government and public entitlements and benefits, community linkages and advocacy, and other social services. Short term transitional housing can be offered for people who are moving from a shelter, or who were just evicted and are faced with homelessness. Monessen, Pennsylvania 15062. Call (724) 684-9000

Money for paying rent and eviction help is available from organizations in Washington County. The assistance ranges from grants for security deposits to legal support and emergency rental assistance. In addition, very low income families as well as the unemployed or disabled can look into government resources for their housing needs. More on rent help in Washington County.

Washington County Pennsylvania Social Services is located at 100 West Beau Street, Suite 302, Washington, PA 15301. Phone (724) 228-6995. They operate an administrative office which provides funding for the greater Washington County region. Programs strive to ensure that low income families and individuals receive prevention and intervention services. Services offered are Rental/Utility Assistance, Permanent Supportive Housing Programs, Transitional Housing and Emergency Shelter.

Washington County Public Welfare Department – Low income and working poor can provide for federal government and state of Pennsylvania assistance programs.

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance and State Blind Pensions is cash assistance for the disabled, aged (ages 65 or older), and blind. Read more on Pennsylvania cash assistance.
  • LIHEAP Energy Assistance - Operates during the winter heating season, and can provide grants for paying heating bills and oil.
  • Money payments – Aid is offered for addressing and paying for basic living requirements for qualified individuals and families. It goes by a few different names. For example, payments to families with children are called Food Stamps and are offered in partnership with Department of Agriculture. Meals on Wheels Program is also offered for seniors and shut ins.
  • Medical bill assistance from Medicaid – The Public Welfare Department runs inpatient and outpatient hospital and clinic care, including services in the patient's home under the supervision of the hospital. Other medical care offered include lab work, X-rays, and nursing home care. Physicians also offer prescribed drugs, remedial eye care, and limited psychiatric care. All of these are available to persons receiving public assistance or government grant money.

 

 

 

 

Locations are 167 North Main Street (724) 223-4300, Washington, PA 15301 (800) 835-9720 as well as 595 Galiffa Drive, Donora, Pennsylvania 15033, call (724) 379-1500.

CAS - Community Action Southwest administers everything from credit counseling to emergency rental assistance. Funds are limited, but are focused on low income families who are working towards stability, senior citizens, or the disabled. The main resources include.

  • Housing - This ranges from transitional apartments to loans for paying rent and help for stopping evictions. There may be security deposits available in Pennsylvania for the homeless.
  • Free food from pantries, soup kitchens and government aid such as SNAP food stamps.
  • Applications for low income energy bill assistance from LIHEAP in Pennsylvania are available in Washington County.
  • Case management includes VITA income tax preparation, budgeting classes, and job placement services.

The community action agency is a local non-profit agency that also offers a wide variety of low income energy programs. Some options include the Allegheny Power/Lipurp/Case Referral/LIURPWeatherization, Other grant type aid includes Homeless Assistance Program (HAP), EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program), and direct cash grants that provide assistance with utility bills. Call (724) 225-9550, or for more information, locate Community Action Southwest financial assistance programs.

Catholic Charities of Washington County - The organizations serves various parts of western Pennsylvania. Emergency financial assistance is offered for low income families, including the possibility of funds for paying rent or heating bills. Other resources offered include housing, shelter, and food. Or call for social services and case management. Call 724-228-7722, or click here for details on Washington County PA and Pittsburgh Catholic Charities.

Local churches and Society of St. Vincent de Paul operate across Washington County Pennsylvania. Many different parishes coordinate their resources in an effort to help the poor and very low income in the community. Examples of the churches include Ave Maria and others. The charities provide support such as free food and hot meals. Some St. Vincent centers will provide much more as well. It can include clothing, emergency financial assistance for rent or heating bills, and other support. Serving the less fortunate is one of their main missions. Read St. Vincent assistance Washington County.

Low income and/or unemployed residents can get other light, heat, and electric bill grants. Other non-profits, government programs, or financial assistance for utility bills includes.

  • Dollar Energy Fund: 724-223-4500
  • LIHEAP: 724-223-5246
  • Washington County Assistance: 724-223-4300
  • Community Action Southwest: 724-225-9550

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit counseling, debt reduction, and foreclosure prevention

The following non-profit agencies can help people who need assistance paying off credit card or medical debts, or who may be considering bankruptcy. You can meet with a credit counselor to discuss options. In addition, these locations may have on staff housing counselors who can provide foreclosure prevention tactics. They can also provide extensive information on various government and lender mortgage assistance programs, such as options from Bank of America as well as the federal government loan modification programs.

  • Community Action Southwest: 724-225-9550
  • Consumer Credit Counseling: 1-888-511-2227
  • SW PA Legal Aid Society: 724-225-6170
  • Washington County Assistance: 724-223-4300

Debt help is offered from other charities as well as the government. Both loans to refinance bills as well as counseling can assist. Many services are free for low income households. Learn more on how to get out of debt.

Community clinics and free dental centers in Washington County Pennsylvania

Primary health care is arranged by Cornerstone. Receive free or discounted primary medical care and access to dental programs and free cleanings. The non-profit agency works through family practice doctors, dentists and other providers. Doctors and medical professionals can provide primary medical care to patients of all income levels. If someone is too poor, or has limited health insurance or no insurance, fees will be based on a sliding scale that is determined by what someone can afford to pay. (724) 947-2255.

Washington County families can also apply for free health insurance (Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) from the government as well as charitable programs, including Christian Sharing Plans among others. All of these can cover low income adults and/or children. Locate free health insurance in PA.

Prescription and medical assistance is offered from several local clinics. They often give vouchers. Other clinics, non-profits, or programs that can provide prescription medications or health care in Washington County Pennsylvania. Other charitable services include:

  • Cornerstone Care: 724-947-2255
  • Catholic Charities: 412-456-6911
  • FamilyWize: www.familywize.org
  • Crossing the Jordan: 724-222-7159
  • The Caring Network: 724-884-0290

 

 

 

 

Washington County Pennsylvania clinics - Provides variable rate billing. A comprehensive program of primary, family oriented dental and health care is offered for underserved adults, children, and adolescents. Stop by or call for Internal Medicine, General/Family Practice, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics. The health centers are located at

  • Centerville Clinic, Inc., 1070 Old National Pike Road, Fredricktown, PA 15333, (724) 632-6801
  • Bentleyville Clinic, 100 Wilson Road, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania 15314, dial - (724) 239-2390
  • California Clinic, 242 Wood Street, California, PA 15419, main number (724) 938-2122
  • Fairchance Clinic, 93 N. Morgantown Road, Fairchance, PA 15430, number (724) 564-0900
  • Joseph Yablonski Memorial Clinic is located at 1070 Old National Pike, Fredericktown, Pennsylvania 15333, call - (724) 632-6801

Glory to God Free Clinic - Local physicians and nurses volunteer at this center. Offers basic are such as prescription assistance, vital signs, urine tests, ppd testing for TB, and gives flu/pneumococcal shots. Will give referrals to specialty care and hospitals. Phone (724) 222-0190

By Jon McNamara

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