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The Berks County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is designed to ensure housing stability by providing rental and utility payments to landlords and utility companies to keep residents in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
NOTICE: ERAP will begin to accept new applications on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. 

Applications must include all required documentation and be submitted in-person. 

For more information or to look up the status of your application by your case ID number, click the image below or visit

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To obtain an updated version of our application please visit  If you have previously applied, there is no need to complete another application. If you have previously received ERAP funding, you can not apply again. 

Clients may submit completed applications by stopping by the BCEH office on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8:30-3pm, at 633 Court Street, 3rd floor, Reading.  If your application is not complete, you will be asked to schedule an appointment. Applications will NOT be accepted via drop box, email or fax. If you would like to schedule an appointment to apply for ERAP you can call 484-339-0341 or email If clients arrive at their appointment with an incomplete application, they will be asked to reschedule.

Access Points 

In addition to the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness office, applicants can visit one of the access points listed below for assistance.

Catholic Charities
234 Grace St,

Shillington PA 19607


Friends Inc.
658D Noble St,

Kutztown, PA 19530

Boyertown Multi-services
200 W Spring St,

Boyertown, PA 19512

Centro Hispano
501 Washington St,

Reading, PA 19601

Salvation Army-Reading
301 S 5th St,

Reading, PA 19602

Salvation Army-Hamburg
700 S 4th St,

Hamburg, PA 19526

Make the Road
501 Washington Street,

Reading PA 19601

The Clubhouse
647 Walnut Street,

Reading PA 19601


Barrio Alegria
140 N 5th Street,

Reading PA19601

Berks County Emergency Rental Assistance Program 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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  • Phase 1A (Currently eligible)
    • Long-term care facility residents Health care personnel including, but not limited to: • Emergency medical service personnel • Nurses • Nursing assistants • Physicians • Dentists • Dental hygienists • Chiropractors • Therapists • Phlebotomists • Pharmacists • Technicians • Pharmacy technicians • Health professions students and trainees • Direct support professionals • Clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities • Contractual HCP not directly employed by the health care facility • Persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients • Persons ages 65 and older Persons aged 16-64 with high risk conditions causing increased risk for severe disease: • Cancer • Chronic kidney disease • COPD • Down Syndrome • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2) • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2) • Pregnancy • Sickle cell disease • Smoking • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Phase 1B (Currently eligible)
    • People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as LTCF and persons receiving home and community-based services • First responders • Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A • Food and agricultural workers • U.S. Postal Service workers • Manufacturing workers • Grocery store workers • Education workers • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship • Public transit workers • Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs
  • Phase 1C (Currently eligible)
    Essential workers in these sectors: • Transportation and logistics • Water and wastewater • Food service • Housing construction • Finance, including bank tellers • Information technology • Communications • Energy, including nuclear reactors • Legal services • Federal, state, county and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and members of the judiciary and their staff • Media • Public safety • Public health workers
  • Phase 2 (Currently eligible)
    ​All individuals not previously covered who are 16 and older and do not have a contraindication to the vaccine (note that at this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech product is approved for those age 16 and 17)

Rental Assistance Resources

Entire County of Berks: 

Berks Coalition to End Homelessness

Rental and Utility Assistance

Phone: 610-372-7222

Hours of operation: 8am – 3pm, Monday thru Friday; Closed Saturday and Sunday


City of Reading only:


City of Reading

Human Relations Commission

Rental and Utility Assistance

Phone: 610-655-6141

Hours of Operation:  8am – 4pm Monday thru Friday; Closed Saturday and Sunday


County of Berks, Excluding the City: 

Family Promise of Berks County

325 N 5th Street

Reading, Pa. 19601

Phone: 610.373.3323

Fax: 610.373.3327


Application for rental and utility assistance is available through the website.

State of Pennsylvania:


Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)

Rental and Mortgage Assistance

Apply online at:

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The program is for renters who meet the following criteria due to the COVID-19 pandemic (conditions 1 or 2, and 3 and 4):


  • Qualify for PA unemployment compensation;

        -- OR --

  • Experienced a 20% or more reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardships;

       -- AND -- 

  • Household income at or below 80% of area median income; and

  • At risk of homelessness or housing instability

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Aid is available for the following costs for up to 12 months. Eligible costs must have been incurred on or after April 1, 2020.

  • Monthly Rent

  • Up to $750/month toward utilities

  • Late Rent and Late Utility fees

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The ERAP office will only be accepting completed applications that include all required documentation.


A complete application consists of: 

  • Complete ERAP application

  • Copy of a valid ID

  • Copy of a valid lease

  • Proof of income for the past 30 days (for anyone over 18)

  • Landlord contact information

  • Copies of most recent utility bill (only if the client is also seeking utility assistance)


Clients may submit completed applications by stopping by the BCEH office in the Berks County Services Center, 633 Court Street, 3rd Floor, Reading, on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like to schedule an appointment to apply for ERAP, call 484-339-0341 or email

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