Housing Program

 

The Armstrong County Community Action Agency Housing Department strives to assist those who are literally homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless. We offer a variety of programs to address a variety of housing situations. If you have any question on how we may be able to help you please call our office at (724) 545-3659 for general housing department assistance or (724) 504-2071 for the ERAP program.

Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing Program (COC PSH) ---This program is for participants who are homeless by the federal definition of homelessness. Proof must be provided by a doctor confirming that the participant is permanently disabled. Participants are encouraged to seek employment and secure mainstream resources to aid them in improving their health. Rental assistance is on-going provided the participant maintains eligibility and complies with the rules of the program. A housing plan is developed with the case manager to assist the participant in meeting their goals.

Continuum of Care Rapid Rehousing Programs (COC RRH) --- This program assists people who are homeless. Housing assistance is based on HUD’s Fair Market Rent amount which includes all utilities, therefore a rental must include utilities.  The number of bedrooms determines the fair market rent. A housing plan is developed with the case manager to assist the participant in meeting their goals. The goal of the program is for participants to become self-sufficient after COC RRH assistance.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) ---This program provides emergency shelter to those who are facing an emergency housing situation.  Limited funds and time limits do apply.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) --- This program provides rental assistance and utility assistance for those impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic. Income limits and time limits apply. Applications for this program can be made in person or online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/RAP/Application.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Notice of the Right to File an Appeal

As a participant of the Armstrong County Community Action Agency's Housing Department, if at any time you are not satisfied with the service being given to you or you disagree with any action taken, you have the right to submit a letter to the Director of Emergency Housing Services. If you do not agree with a decision that has been made, you should submit an appeal letter. An appeal letter should state what your situation is and your opinion on the matter. The Director of Emergency Housing Services will review your appeal letter and ensure that it goes through the Agency's Formal Appeal Process.

The appeal letter must be received by the Director of Emergency Housing Services within 10 working days from the date of the decision letter sent to you by your case manager.

You should mail or drop off your appeal letter to:

Mr. Jeffrey Boarts
Director of Emergency Housing Services
705 Butler Road
Kittanning, PA 16201

Emergency Solutions Grant Programs (ESG) ---This program assists people who are homeless or near homeless.  There are income guidelines and limits of service.  To qualify you must have income of 30% of the Area Median Income or below or be literally homeless.  A housing plan is developed with the case manager to assist the participant in meeting their goals. The goal of the program is for participants to become self-sufficient after ESG assistance.

Housing Assistance Program (HAP) --- This program can assist people who are facing eviction or who are seeking assistance to move into a rental. This program can also assist with emergency motel vouchers for the literally homeless in Armstrong County. There are income guidelines and limits of service.  This program begins at 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

PHARE Emergency Shelter Program (PHARE) --- This program provides temporary shelter to the literally homeless of Armstrong County. Participants must be referred by a partnering agency in the County to be eligible. This program has limited slots and income limits.

Support Services Navigation & Housing Services for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder Project (SOR) --- This program operated through a partnership of Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission and Armstrong County Community Action Agency. This program assist those in recovery with housing through either a Transitional or Rapid Rehousing service model. Participants must have an Opioid Use Disorder diagnosis and be actively working with the Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission. All referrals come from the Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission. Time limits and eligibility criteria apply.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) --- Veterans must be homeless or at risk of homelessness and proof must be provided.  Veterans must have an income of 50% of the Area Median Income or less.  Veteran must have a DD214 and meet a point system set up within the program as well as other criteria to be eligible.  Case management and possible short term rental assistance may be available for those who qualify. A housing plan is developed with the case manager to assist the participant in meeting their goals. Case managers will work with the veteran to connect them to needed mainstream resources. The goal of the program is for participants to become self-sufficient after SSVF assistance.

$1 Energy Hardship Program---Participants must be behind in payments to certain utility companies and they must access the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at the Department of Public Welfare, if it is open at the time.  Participants must have paid at least $150.00 themselves toward their arrearage before assistance can be determined. All utility companies have their own set of rules and criteria to meet in order to be eligible, so people seeking assistance should call the office for more information on programs such as Columbia Gas, Central Electric and PA American Water. After contacting our office please gather up all the required documentation and call back to schedule an appointment, all required documentation must be present at the time of the appointment.