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Everyone can use a helping hand at some point. Here's a list of links for Rental Assistance in Erie County, PA. There are also links on this page to Utility Assistance, Food Assistance, Immediate Financial Assistance  and more. Check out the sites  and services below:

Contact 211

If you need help finding options to pay your rent, or utility bills so you can stay in your home, 211 can help you identify available resources. Call 211 from a cell phone or landline to speak to a local specialist today, or search their website for rental help resources near you.

Food Assistance

Click here for Google's list of local food pantries in Erie, PA

Utility Assistance

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps Erie families manage their heating and cooling costs by providing financial assistance to those who qualify, ensuring all community members have access to comfortable living conditions regardless of their income. In Pennsylvania, for more information or to apply, contact Brian Whorl at the Department of Human Services, Willow Oak Building, Room 225, P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110, Tel: (717) 772-7906, Email: Visit the website at or apply online at

Rental assistance in Erie County Pennsylvania.

Get information on the leading charities, churches, and government agencies to call in Erie County Pennsylvania for rent assistance, shelter, and transitional housing. These non-profit agencies and government supported programs offer a wide variety of housing resources as well as emergency or long term rental programs for tenants. Some resources can help people pay their back rent, and other agencies offer information as well as referrals. Programs focus on the unemployed, working poor, and low income families.

If you are facing an eviction or need emergency rental assistance, then these organizations may be able to provide help. Cash, grants and funding may be available. The money can be used for expenses such as access to housing, security deposits, and eviction prevention services.

Case managers can also help people locate affordable low income housing if they need to move. Or get information on other services such as section 8 housing vouchers from HUD. All of the Erie County Pennsylvania organizations are committed to helping families of all backgrounds deal with a housing crisis that they may be facing.

Erie County Care Management, which is located at 1601 Sassafras St. in Erie, Pennsylvania 16502, and can be reached at 814-528-0600, offers case management and referrals. Individuals who meet certain criteria can access help in the form of referrals to rent programs, mental health treatment, and other housing resources. Homeless Case Management is a big component of what they offer.

Shelter Plus Care partners with and is funded by the federal government Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Clients of Shelter Plus Care provide qualified low income individuals and families with a government funded housing subsidy or rental voucher. Individuals will need to participate in various social service programs, including mental health or drug/alcohol rehab if appropriate. The goal of the HUD sponsored program is to assist participants in achieving stability in housing, provide vouchers for paying rent (including section 8), and help people increase their income.

Center for Family Services – Offers counseling, and from time to time may be able to provide people in a crisis with short term rental assistance or a loan. 213 Center Street, Meadville, PA 16335, phone: 814-337-8450

Northwestern Legal Services of Erie County – Pro-bono/free legal advice and programs are offered, including direct representation to low income individuals. So they may be able to advise people who have an eviction notice. 1001 State Street, Suite 1200, Erie, Pennsylvania 16501, dial 814-452-6949.

Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) – The leading non-profit and source of information for the entire Erie County region. The agency administers a number of services and resources for the low income as well as people faced with poverty. Among them include home support, short term transitional housing assistance, heating bill assistance, and funds for paying rent if someone is faced with a crisis/eviction. Address is 18 West 9th Street, Erie, PA 16501, call 814-459-4581. Or read more on rent help from Erie County Community Action Agency.

Erie County Pennsylvania Salvation Army assists individuals living in the Greater Erie Area.  The agency operates out of an office at 1022 Liberty Street, Erie (use 11th Street parking lot entrance),  phone 814-454-6497 social service ext. 106.  The agency offers short-term emergency lodging in local motels when shelters are full, food pantry, clothing and furniture assistance (beds only),  Food pantry information is listed on the phone system, 814-454-6497.

St. Martin Center, Inc. - Regardless of someone’s race or religion, you can get help on the path of self-reliance. The unemployed and underemployed of Erie County in Pennsylvania can apply for immediate assistance and long-term services, including rent and housing. Call (814) 452-6113.

Upper Room – May offer support to the homeless and poor. 1024 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16501, dial 814-459-3983.

Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center helps veterans only. Whether shelter, information on rent assistance programs, loans, grants, medical care and other veteran support. They also direct clients to federal government veteran benefits around housing from the office at 135 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16504. For details on homeless prevention and rehousing call (814) 860-2038.

Project Hope Outreach Services, Erie United Methodist Alliance is at 249 East 8th Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16503, call 814-456-5670.  Currently homeless can receive financial aid from the charity. For example, receive assistance in locating and finding low income housing. Clients can also work with a social worker in locating support services and appropriate housing and security deposit assistance.

Safe Horizons – Runs a shelter for abused women and their children. Union City, PA 16438, dial 814-438-2675

Saint Martin Center – Emergency assistance may be offered by this charity organization. Most support is for items such as food or prescriptions, but they may offer housing/rent help. Location is 1701 Parade Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16503. Call 814-452-6113 to get information on emergency financial assistance.

Erie Dawn offers a program known as Dwellings & Advocacy for Women in Need. It is run by the charity Benedictine Sisters, Sisters of Mercy and also the Sisters of St. Joseph. Services can help women in domestic violence or addictions. Housing support may be included, including for single moms.

Community Shelter Services helps the homeless and people on the verge of eviction. The address is 655 W. 16th St., Erie 16502. Assistance programs include Housing First, social work, financial aid, and of course shelters or transitional housing. Phone - 814-455-4369.

Erie MLK Social Services/Case Management can offer linkage or referrals to clients. The charity may have information on local housing, rent and homeless prevention programs. When there is funding, there may be referrals to grant based programs that may be issued for paying expenses such as utility or rental deposits, moving costs, and even storage. They also try to help seniors and other low income families maintain their current home or apartment. Address is 312 Chestnut Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16507. Or the phone number is 814-459-2761.

Housing Authority of Erie processes applications for Section 8 HUD vouchers. They also offer self-sufficiency, counseling, and other support to existing clients. This is in addition to the federal government rental subsidies. Mailing address is 606 Holland Street. Erie, Pa. 16501. Phone (814) 452-2425.

Erie County Assistance Office operates ESA - Emergency shelter allowance. It helps the homeless and those near it. Emergency funds or interest free loans can assist with rental expenses. They can also place residents into short term housing. Address is 1316 Holland Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16512-0958. Dial 800-635-1014

Housing Safety Net Programs - Call 800.650.4357. Referrals may be given to agencies that offer short term rental help, a homeless shelter, furniture programs, and other social services. Local non-profits in Erie Pennsylvania may provide short term housing assistance, mostly in the form of government grants from ESG for back rent or security deposits.

Saint Paul’s Catholic Church mostly has basic needs, such as furniture or food. Referrals and maybe a couple dollars for rent, energy, or other emergency housing expenses may be offered when funds allow. Location is 453 West 16th Street, Erie 16502, or 1617 Walnut St., Erie Pennsylvania 16502. Phone (814) 459-3173

Pathstone of Erie County only assists farmworkers and migrants. For those with a low income and no other options, assistance may be provide for energy bills, rent, mortgage payments, or a deposit. The Phone number is 814-455-9966.