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Rental assistance available in select municipalities

Centre County Government’s Office of Adult Services offers and supports a number of human service programs within the community, includingbridge (transitional) housing, food security, case management, financial care, homemaker services and rental assistance. While the majority of these services are funded via Pennsylvania’s Human Services Block Grant, the department has sought out a variety of other grants made available by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

While a variety of new programming and funding sources are expected to come online, the Office of Adult Services is currently operating the 2016 Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund/Marcellus Shale Impact Fee (Act 13 of 2012) grant through PHFA. It targets individuals and families living in Centre County municipalities that have been impacted by the natural gas industry. This grant is expected to run through December.

PHARE/Marcellus Shale Impact Fee grant funds are only made available to certain counties across the commonwealth, and Centre County is fortunate to have had the opportunity to apply. The Office of Adult Services, in conjunction with Centre County Government’s Office of Planning and Community Development, applied for and was awarded this grant last fall in order to provide rental and security deposit assistance to individuals and families, residing in these targeted municipalities, who are either homeless or facing eviction.

Eligible individuals and families must also have a gross household income that falls between 176-200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. While this program is unique in who it can serve geographically, it is also unlike any other rental assistance program in the county. It targets individuals and families who often do no qualify for other types of assistance, or who may not know that help is available to them during their time of need.

Below is a listing of all qualifying municipalities in Centre County, as well as an income eligibility chart for this program. If you, a loved one, or someone in your community are in need of these services but do not meet this specific criteria, you are still encouraged to call our office at 355-6768 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You are also welcome to contact the county’s 24-hour/7-days a week Information & Referral hotline at 800-494-2500 for similar assistance. We are here to help.

Marcellus Shale impact municipalities: Benner, Liberty, Snow Shoe, Boggs, Marion, Spring, Burnside, Taylor, Curtin, Union, Howard, Rush, Walker, Huston and Worth townships and Milesburg, Philipsburg and Snow Shoe boroughs.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Household size

176 %

200 %

1

$20,791

$23,760

2

$28,036

$32,040

3

$35,281

$40,320

4

$42,525

$48,600

5

$49,770

$56,880

6

$57,015

$65,160

7

$64,278

$73,460

8

$71,558

$81,780

For more information, contact the Office of Adult Services at 355-6768.

Faith R. Ryan is the Centre County director of adult services.

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