Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA) - Franklin

Franklin County Assistance Office

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General Information
Description of ServiceThe Department of Human Services offers an Emergency Shelter Allowance, ESA, to help a homeless or near homeless family/individual to:

Stop eviction from your home/apartment or foreclosure of your house.
Find a long-term place to live.
Find a short-term place to stay.
Geographical AreaFranklin County
Facility/ADA AccessWheelchair Accessible
Intake ProcedureContact your CAO and ask what you need to do to apply for an Emergency Shelter Allowance. If you are not receiving any benefits now, you must fill out an Application for Benefits.

If you need help to fill out the application or want more information about benefits, a trained CAO staff member can help you.
Client Information
Target PopulationHomeless
Intended ParticipantsThose facing a housing crisis.
Age GroupAdults
Languages SpokenEnglish, ‚Äč Interpreters provided based on availability‚Äč.
Driver's LicenseNot Required
EligibilityThe purpose of an ESA is to stop your housing crisis -- rather than slow down the process. For this reason, the County Assistance Office, CAO, will require:

Proof of your emergency and the amount needed to stop the emergency
Proof that an ESA will solve your housing crisis
To be eligible for an ESA, you also must meet all income, resource, and non-financial guidelines. The ESA payment amount, up to $400, depends on your needs, situation, and emergency.
Fees or Charges
Types of FeesServices are provided at no cost.
Hours of Operation Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Contact Information
Physical Site Address 1 620 Norland Avenue
Physical Site City, State, Zip Chambersburg, PA 17201-4205
Mailing Address 1 620 Norland Avenue
Mailing City, State, Zip Chambersburg, PA 17201
Main Phone 877-289-9177
Fax 717-264-4801
Web Address www.dhs.pa.gov
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Affiliated Program: Franklin County Assistance Office
This Service: Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA) - Franklin
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Rental Deposit Assistance (BH-3800.7250)
Rent Payment Assistance (BH-3800.7000)