Cumberland County Emergency Rental Assistance applications are open. Please see our webpage for more information on how to apply.

Cumberland County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

      The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is open and accepting applications. *Rental and Utility Arrears are the priority of the program. All future payment requests must be accompanied by a shut off notice or legal notice for eviction.

      APPLICATION FOR RENT AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE Download the following application items (as needed)

      Self Certifications (When documentation options have been exhausted.)

      Zero Income

      Zero Income Disclosure of Expenses

      Unemployment Self-Declaration

      Self-Declaration Unemployment Ended

      Rent Ledger Template

      Self-Employment Declaration

      Documentation Waiver (Note: if you do not provide a lease, no rent above fair market will be paid per month.)

      Downloadable Application for Additional Assistance (Required every 3 months)


      For Paper/Downloadable Continued Assistance Applications, visit CCHRA Offices at 114 N Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013 or call 717-249-0789 or email

      Return Applications:

      Mail: CCHRA 114 N Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013


      Drop Off: Drop Box Located at 114 N Hanover St., Carlisle PA 17013

      County Wide Locations: Coming Soon

      Funding Priorities: Rent Arrears, Utility Arrears, Rental Assistance, Utility Assistance

      Eligible Households: Defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:

        -Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 or during the pandemic,

        -Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and

        -Has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income level.

      Additional Criteria:

        ·All applicants must live in Cumberland County

        ·All applicants must meet income eligibility criteria. Program recipients may not receive rental assistance from other sources to cover the same expense.

        ·Renter households may apply for rent and/or utility assistance (arrears, current and future) for up to 18 months.

        ·Renter households may seek assistance for any arrears beginning March 2020.

        ·Utilities are limited to electricity, gas, fuel oil, internet, water and sewer and trash removal.

        ·Priority is given to those applicants that are below 50% of the area median income. The program limits eligibility to households with income that does not exceed 80% of area median income.

        ·All payments will be made directly to the landlord or utility company (as possible)

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      Appeal Process:

      -Please fill out the following form and submit to or Attn: Emergency Rental Assistance Program 114 N Hanover St. Carlisle, PA 17013



      If you are in need of immediate assistance, the following agencies may be able to assist. Thank you for your interest and we will update this page as new funds become available.

      Community Cares: 717-249-1009 *ALSO PROVIDES MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

      Homeless Assistance Program: Patrice Pickering: 717-240-6117 (if last name is beginning A-M)

      Kellie Crawford: 717-240-6112 (if last name is beginning N-Z)

      New Hope Ministries (Mechanicsburg Areas): 717-432-2087 *ALSO PROVIDES MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

      Samaritan Fellowship (Carlisle areas) -717-243-7338

      Christ Among Neighbors (Shippensburg Areas)- 717-532-7577

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