CARES Rental Relief Program

The CARES Rent Relief Program (CARES RRP) was created as an emergency response to the COVID-19 health pandemic to provide rental assistance to assist households experiencing job loss or a substantial loss of income as a result of the current health crisis.


Important Notice

Please be aware that the authority to accept and process rental assistance requests pursuant to Act 24 of 2020 expired on September 30, 2020. At this time Schuylkill Community Action and its agents lack the authority to accept new applications.

However, based upon ongoing legislative initiatives occurring in the Pennsylvania legislature, SCA anticipates that authority for COVID related rental assistance will be reenacted by the General Assembly. Upon reenactment of authority, SCA and its agents will start accepting applications again. Please check back on the SCA website regularly to see if applications for assistance are reopened. We will also update our Facebook page if reauthorization occurs.

If you previously submitted an application electronically or via the United States postal service with a post date of September 30, 2020 or earlier, we will continue to process your application

Who Qualifies?

CARES RRP assistance is available to lessees with incomes up to the area median income that became unemployed after March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or lessees that are experiencing 30% or more of a reduction in annual household income resulting from reduced work hours and wages related to the pandemic.

Income Eligibility

100% Area Median Income – Schuylkill County

# Persons Median Income
1 $46,500
2 $53,100
3 $59,700
4 $66,300
5 $71,700
6 $77,000
7 $82,300
8 $87,600

Note: Renters will be required to provide proof of income from all sources from January 2020 to the time of application submission.


All three applications must be completed in order to receive the rental assistance. Applications and proof of income may be emailed to or mailed to 200 N 2nd Street Pottsville, PA 17901.

For more information, please contact our office directly at (570) 622-1995.

SCA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

We are firmly committed to the provision of assistance regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, military status, sexual orientation, or marital/family status.