Homelessness Prevention

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) – Centre County

The EFSP provides limited metered utility assistance, including gas, electricity, water and sewer service for individuals or households; limited non-metered assistance including oil, firewood and coal. EFSP cannot pay any kind of security deposits for rent or utility. EFSP can pay 1st month rent to move in or 1 month rent to stop eviction or 1 month mortgage if they are at least 30 days behind with a late notice. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Centre County; have payment in arrears or due within 5 calendar days, all other resources exhausted, and payment must guarantee additional 30 days service. You must also provide a copy of past due or current utility bill showing 1 months charge or receipts/invoices for fuel. The income guideline is the 200% poverty level. May apply through office appointment and/or a home visit. This program is only available as funding is available.

HAP - Housing Assistance Program

The HAP program provides assistance for those at risk of becoming homeless through rental, utility and mortgage assistance. The program requires sustainable income to maintain rental/utilities/mortgage.

This program, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, through Clearfield County, serves to assist qualified applicants who are having difficulty making monthly rent payments, utility payments or mortgage payments.

HAP does have certain restrictions and applicants must meet certain qualifications for the program. Funds are limited. For more information, please contact CPCA at 814-765-1551