Housing Department

The housing department oversees various housing needs to county residents.

Home Repair and Modifications
The housing department can assist county residents with minor home modifications through the chore program as well as the weatherization program.  During the Dept of Energy designated crisis season, typically running November through April  the housing department can also assist residents with furnace repairs to ensure they have a properly running heating source.

Weatherization:
Owner/Renter Occupied meeting income guidelines
Eligible use: repair / replace primary heating system; insulation for walls and attic; Door / window repair or replacement; hot water tank assessment; health and safety issues i.e. installation of smoke / Co detectors, venting dryers, and minor electrical repairs.
Contact (814) 432-9132

LIHEAP (CRISIS):
This program is intended for households that lose their primary heat source due to furnace malfunction. Venango County receives all referrals for this program directly from the County Assistance Office.  Individuals/Families must live in Venango County and have an annual income at or below 150% of the Federal poverty level.  Crisis season will end April 7.
Contact  County Assistance Office (814) 437-4419

Chore:
Light carpentry repair with an emphasis on health and safety. Must be open with Human Services with the exception of families with children, but must be approved by CYS Supervisor.
Contact Assigned Caseworker

Rental Assistance : (HAP) Housing Assistance Program
Various Programs are available for this type of assistance with varying requirements.
Eligible uses: range from 1st month rent with minimal requirements such as poverty levels, to additional assistance programs where the client receives additional assistance, but involves developing a family plan/goal.
Contact (814) 432 -9773

Emergency Shelter: (VTECH)-Venango Temporary Emergency County Housing
Programs eligible use: temporary or emergency short term shelter for the Homeless. VTECH lodging is provided through Sugar Valley Lodge and applicants must have an open case through Human Services.
Contact (814) 432-9100

Elk Street Shelter:
Shelter for homeless families. Maximum of six week stay coordinated through Protective Intake Crisis Unit (PICU) at Human Services
Contact  814.432.9100

Shelter Plus Care:
Rental assistance for those with a mental, physical or substance abuse disability. Families or individuals must be homeless and amount to consumer will pay 30% of their income to rent. Currently No Vacancies
Contact (814) 432-9773

Emergency Solutions Grant
Rental, utility, security deposit assistance. Life skills coaching.
Contact (814) 432-9773

 

Other Community Supports:
Community Services of Venango County
Community Services manages a Permanent Supportive Housing Program (SHP). Click the link below to find out more.

***If you  do not qualify for our programs, you can refer below for additional home repair programs: ***

USDA Grant:
For 60 or older, for repairs, up to $7500 grant

USDA Loan:
For under 60, for repairs, 1% or 2% loans
www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa
226 Donohoe Road, Suite 201 ,
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 853-5555

 

 

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