Funded through the COVID-19 stimulus package, and expanded through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) was created to assist renters with rental and utility assistance.
Payment period (arrears and future assistance): March 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2021. This time period will be extended through the American Rescue Plan
Up to 12 months rental assistance (arrears and future rent); could be eligible for additional 3 months of rental assistance
Future rent can be approved in 3 month increments
Up to 12 months utility assistance
There is no monthly cap on either rental or utility assistance
ERAP is for renters only
Homeowners can reach out to Centre Helps at: 814-237-5855
Households must have a gross annual or monthly income that does not exceed 80% of Centre County’s Area Median Income (AMI) – see chart below
Households must demonstrate that they have been directly or indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
Households must demonstrate that they are at risk of homelessness or housing instability
Centre County, Pennsylvania
80% Area Median Income (AMI)
Supporting Documents Required
Paper Application “Pick-Up” Locations
For households without access to computers/internet/printers, print applications can be picked up at the following YMCA branch locations:
State College YMCA 677 W. Whitehall Rd. State College, PA 16801 814-237-7717
Penns Valley YMCA 115 W. Streamside Place Spring Mills, PA 16875 814-422-6000
Bellefonte YMCA 125 W. High St. Bellefonte, PA 16823 814-355-5551
Moshannon Valley YMCA 113 N. 14th St. Philipsburg, PA 16866 814-342-0889
Applications and supporting documents can be submitted in a secure dropbox at Summit Park (use the Adult Services/MHID main entrance, the dropbox will be outside Suite 1200). The front entrance will be open M-F from 8:30am-5pm.
Application Assistance Hubs
If you need help completing your application or submitting supporting documentation, please contact the Application Assistance Hub closest to you to schedule an appointment.
Or drop box: Applications and supporting documents can be submitted in a secure dropbox at Summit Park (use the Adult Services/MHID main entrance, the dropbox will be outside Suite 1200). The front entrance will be open M-F from 8:30am-5pm.
Please do not send applications and/or documents via certified mail. This can cause a number of issues and your mail may not be received by our department.