Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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.  

 

COMPASS APPLICATION: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/RAP/Application

Documents can now be uploaded directly to the COMPASS application.

 

Printable Applications

     Application for Emergency Rental Assistance (English)

     Solicitud para Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia (Spanish)

     ការដាក់ពាក្យសុំជំនួយថ្ល ៃជួលផ្ទះក្នុងគ្រាអាសន្ន (Cambodian)

紧急租房补贴申请书 (Chinese)

طلب من أجل مساعدة طارئة في الإيجار (Arabic)

Заявление на получение срочного пособия на аренду жилья (Russian)

Đơn xin Hỗ trợ Tiền thuê nhà Khẩn cấp (Vietnamese)

 

 

Program Guidelines

  • 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 

 

 

 

Eligibility Guidelines

 

  • 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

Household Size

80% Area Median Income (AMI)

1

$49,700.00

2

$56,800.00

3

$63,900.00

4

$70,950.00

5

$76,650.00

6

$82,350.00

7

$88,000.00

8

$93,700.00


Supporting Documents Required


supporting docs


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. 14
th 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. 

 

Centre Helps

410 S. Fraser St.

State College, PA 16801

814-237-5855

Community Action – Bellefonte

109 W. Bishop St.

Bellefonte, PA 16823

814-355-7509

Community Action – Penns Valley

337 E. Aaron Square

Aaronsburg, PA 16820

814-349-5850


 

 

Application Submission Options

 

Applications can be submitted by mail to:

Centre County Government

Office of Adult Services

3500 E. College Ave., Ste. 1200

State College, PA 16801

 

Or electronically to: adultservices@centrecountypa.gov 

 

Or by fax: 814-355-8625

 

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. 

Documents can also be uploaded when completing the COMPASS application https://centrecountypa.gov/2191/Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program

 

 

We thank you for your patience as we work through this process. We understand and value the importance of making this program easy to navigate and accessible to all eligible Centre County residents.  


 

For more information, please contact us by phone or email. 

814-355-6768

adultservices@centrecountypa.gov