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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: We are no longer accepting new applications! 

We will be accepting clients for the waitlist until April 21, 2022.

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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If you have previously applied, a staff member with the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness will be assigned to your case and will be in contact with you or your landlord if further information is needed. You may also call or visit the BCEH office regarding your existing application. Phone: 610-372-7222 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of the extremely high volume of ERAP applications, you will not receive immediate responses to your phone calls. BCEH has a limited capacity to answer calls at this time and is working diligently to correct these issues. Thank you in advance for your patience.

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)
Click here for PDF version

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

New applications are no longer being accepted. We will be accepting clients for the wait list until April 21, 2022.

 

If you have a question about a previously submitted application, please contact the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness at (610) 372-7222.