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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 www.bceh.org

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To obtain an updated version of our application please visit www.BCEH.org.  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 ERAPappointments@bceh.org. 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
610-376-7144

 

Friends Inc.
658D Noble St,

Kutztown, PA 19530
610-683-7790

Boyertown Multi-services
200 W Spring St,

Boyertown, PA 19512
610-367-6957

Centro Hispano
501 Washington St,

Reading, PA 19601
610-376-3748

Salvation Army-Reading
301 S 5th St,

Reading, PA 19602
610-373-5208

Salvation Army-Hamburg
700 S 4th St,

Hamburg, PA 19526
610-562-8440

Make the Road
501 Washington Street,

Reading PA 19601
610-374-1246

The Clubhouse
647 Walnut Street,

Reading PA 19601
484-755-5980

 

Barrio Alegria
140 N 5th Street,

Reading PA19601
610-743-3313

Berks County Emergency Rental Assistance Program 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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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

Website: www.bceh.org  

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

Website:  www.readingpa.gov   

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

Website: www.familypromiseofberkscounty.org

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:  https://www.phfa.org/pacares/

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ELIGIBILITY

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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ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

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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HOW TO APPLY

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 ERAPappointments@bceh.org.