Community Services

Community Services

Community Services is the collective name of various programs offered to low-income clients:

DHS – Department of Human Services Homeless Assistance Program
This program is in place to address the needs of the homeless or nearly homeless in our community. Low income families facing eviction or having no place to live are eligible for funds to obtain permanent housing or prevent loss of the current housing situation.

We can help with $450 towards 1st month’s rent to move in OR one month’s past due rent. We can only help once in a 12 month period. We cannot help prevent eviction from subsidized housing. Additionally, for those moving into the Housing Authority we help with the 99 dollar security deposit. If you have received rent assistance in the past you must complete case management successfully or we cannot help for another 24 months.

At the time of your appointment you must provide:

  • Photo Identification
  • Proof of ALL household income
  • Social Security numbers for each household member
  • Birth dates for each household member
  • Approval/Denial letter from DPW
  • To Prevent Eviction
  • Notarized eviction letter must include:
    • Your name and address
    • Rental amount
    • Total amount due
    • Landlords name, address, phone number and past rent receipts
  • For the Homeless
  • Rental agreement that must include:
    • Rental Address
    • Security Deposit amount
    • Monthly Rent Amount
    • Landlords name, address, and phone number and Receipt for Security Deposit
  • $ Energy Fund
    The Dollar Energy Fund is an emergency hardship fund designed to help residential customers who have suffered a recent financial hardship and need temporary help in paying their electric or gas bill. A grant of up to $500 may be awarded to a customer during a program year.
  • At the time of your appointment you must provide:
  • Photo Identification for Account Holder
  • Proof of ALL household income
  • Copy of CURRENT electric/gas bill
  • Social Security numbers for each household member
  • Birth dates for each household member
  • Proof of $150.00 being paid in the past 90 days.
  • Date applied for LIEHAP/Energy Assistance with DPW (if applicable)
  • MATP – Medical Assistance Transportation Program
    This program is designed to assist individuals who have the Medical Access card get to their medical appointments. The service chosen for each client is based on the most cost effective manner that suits the medical needs of the individual.
  • MATP eligibility Requirements 
  • Must reside in Cambria County
  • Have a current, valid ACCESS card
  • Need transportation to a covered service from a provider that accepts the ACCESS card for payment of service
  • Veteran Back Pack Project
  • For items to donate please click on the link below:
  • Vets Backpack Personal Items List
  • The program provides back packs of personal items for homeless veterans who have to reside in a local shelter. There is also some financial assistance available for these individuals as well.  This service is done in conjunction with the Veteran’s Leadership Program of Western PA. Donations are welcomed! 

Community Services is administered by Helen Robinson.