Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA) - Lancaster

Lancaster County Assistance Office

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General Information
Description of ServiceHelps 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.

A one-time payment up to $400 to prevent eviction or $100-$300 to obtain temporary or permanent shelter. There is no monthly rental assistance or subsidy available.

Need must be the result of an emergency such as eviction, living in hazardous conditions, homeless or near homeless. If more funds are owed than CAO can offer are required to prevent or resolve the emergency, the applicant must have another way to pay the remainder due. The individual or family must have sufficient income to afford future rent. Items are verified with landlord/employer, etc.
Geographical AreaLancaster
Intake ProcedureWalk in, call or visit the website at www.compass.state.pa.us; If client is receiving other benefits, request is made through their case worker; If not receiving any benefits, complete an application
Intake RequirementsLease/proof of shelter/housing arrangement including rent amount, landlord information, eviction notice, id, proof of income
Helpful TipsClick here to see an overview of this program
Client Information
Target PopulationHomeless
Age GroupAdults
EligibilityMust meet income and resource guidelines in the month of application. If household contains individuals under 21, resources are excluded and a slightly higher income limit is used; Have not received another Emergency Shelter Allowance within past yearThe amount of assistance will depend on needs, situation, and emergency.
Fees or Charges
Types of FeesFree
Wait ListProcessed within 7 days, payment is normally mailed to the landlord
Hours of Operation Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Contact Information
Contact's Phone 717-299-7411
Physical Site Address 1 832 Manor Street
Physical Site City, State, Zip Lancaster, PA 17604
Mailing Address 1 832 Manor Street
Mailing Address 2 PO Box 4967
Main Phone 717-299-7411
Other Phone 877-395-8930 Statewide Customer Service Center
Fax 717-299-7565
Web Address www.dhs.pa.gov
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Affiliated Program: Lancaster County Assistance Office
This Service: Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA) - Lancaster
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Rental Deposit Assistance (BH-3800.7250)
Rent Payment Assistance (BH-3800.7000)