HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Union-Snyder CAA provides a variety of Housing Assistance programs to support families and individuals living in Union and Snyder Counties. We provide case management, rental assistance, and more.

CARES Assistance for Renters

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is a law to help people who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rental Assistance is now available in Union and Snyder counties as part of the Rent Relief Program. 

CAA is accepting applications for rental assistance beginning on July 6, 2020.  Applications must be submitted no later than September 30, 2020.  Completed applications* can be emailed to info@union-snydercaa.org or mailed to: 

Union-Snyder CAA 
Attn: Rent Relief Program 
713 Bridge Street Selinsgrove, PA 17870 

 

Applications can also be dropped off in drop boxes located at the Bridge Street Location or the Union County Resource Center at 480 Hafer Rd Lewisburg, PA. 

For more information or help with your application, please call our office at 570-374-0181. 

*Application Documents (REQUIRED): 

Additional Info and Who Qualifies: 

To receive rental assistance in a county outside of Union or Snyder Counties, please click here:  Rental Assistance Organization Contacts by County 

If you are a homeowner, please click here to learn more about the Mortgage Relief Program

 

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $4.9 billion in economic relief funds for Pennsylvania according to the US Treasury website.  Pennsylvania’s General Assembly allocated $150 million of those funds to Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to be distributed to Pennsylvania’s 67 counties for rental assistance. 

Eligibility: 

To be eligible for the Rent Relief Program you must be a renter and a resident of Union or Snyder County at the time of your application. You must be able to document at least a 30% reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or you must have become unemployed after March 1 according to program guidelines. In addition, your household income cannot exceed 100% of the Area Median Income for Union or Snyder counties, which will be adjusted according to household size. 

Renters who qualify may receive assistance equal to 100% of their monthly rent up to $750 a month for a maximum of six months. Payments will be made directly to landlords.  Funds will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis. 

All required paperwork, including the Renters Application, Landlord Application, Landlord Property Certification, and W-9 must be completed and submitted to be considered for funding support. 

Rapid Rehousing Program (RRP)

RRP is a transitional housing program for families and individuals who meet HUD's definitions of homelessness:

  • Living in places not meant for human habitation (i.e. cars, parks, sidewalks, and abandoned buildings), or

  • Living in an emergency shelter, or

  • Living in transitional housing for people living in homelessness

The program will pay the security deposit and rent, based on percent of income, for up to one year for eligible participants in addition to providing case management, budgeting assistance, and credit repair during their enrollment. Other eligibility criteria will be discussed during the participant's intake meeting.​

*NOTE: The residence must fall within fair market rent and rent reasonableness for family/individual's respective county.

Homeless Assistance Program (HAP)

HAP provides financial assistance to families and individuals who meet HUD's definitions of homelessness (above) as well as those who are facing immediate eviction. Participants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for HAP services:

  • Income must be sufficient to cover rent, utilities, and basic living expenses

  • Those with income less than 80% of poverty will have their information forwarded to their respective County Assistance Office for Emergency Shelter Allowance determination

  • Income cannot exceed 150% of poverty

Need help today? Please call us at (570) 374-0181

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