The Human Services housing department provides many programs and services for Venango County residents. There is assistance with minor home modifications, rent, shelter, and emergency solutions grants. The Department of Energy annually determines the crisis season which typically runs from November through April. The housing department also assists residents with furnace repairs to ensure they have a properly running heating source.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.
Housing Assistance Program (HAP)
Funding for families or individuals who are homeless or given an eviction notice. The funding is only used for the cost of rent. Individuals must be a resident of Venango County and meet the 125% poverty income guidelines. HAP assistance may only be used every three years.
Application Process is required so the family or individual must meet with the housing case manager to complete the application process. You will need to bring with you:
- Household income verification (pay stubs, bank statements, Social Security letter
- Eviction notice from the landlord
Emergency Solutions Grant
Funding for families or individuals who are homeless or given and eviction notice. This funding is used for rent only. Family or individual must meet with a housing case manager to complete the application process and determine eligibility.
Please contact 814-432-9767 for additional information.
Other Community Supports
Community Services of Venango County manages a Permanent Supportive Housing Program (SHP).
If you do not qualify for our programs, you can refer to the USDA for additional home repair programs.
Federal Housing Resources
- For residents ages 60 or older
- To be used for repairs
- Up to $7500 grant
- For residents under the age of 60
- For repairs
- 1% or 2% loans
Contact the USDA
Rural Development Website
226 Donohoe Road, Suite 201
Greensburg, PA 15601