An emergency can happen anyday. A sudden change in circumstances can often lead an individual or a family in need of help. SCA strives to pull together all available resources to help persons in crisis. In addition, SCA staff make every effort to help people progress towards self-sufficiency.
While crisis elimination is important, building stronger foundations for families is more important. This helps reduce or eliminate future emergencies.
Emergency Food Assistance
When immediate needs cannot be met by a local food pantry, SCA is able to provide food in some situations.
Emergency Shelter Services
Shelter is one of a person’s most basic needs, and in certain circumstances, it can literally be a matter of life or death. SCA administers an emergency shelter program designed to meet the immediate need of shelter as it arises.
Depending on the situation and availability of funding, shelter can be provided for between one to five nights at a local boarding facility or motor inn. Other needs and solutions are explored with a case manager, who works with each client to find a permanent housing resolution.
When possible, clients are referred to the Bridge Housing Program, a transitional shelter program also administered by SCA.
Persons in need of food or shelter should contact SCA by calling
or by coming directly to the Program Office, located at 225 North Centre Street in Pottsville, PA. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
Emergency Housing Assistance
The availability of emergency housing assistance is extremely unstable. SCA attempts to address this issue in a few different ways, but funding is unfortunately inconsistent. However, when funds are available, SCA provides services such as emergency housing at a local hotel, hygiene supply, emergency food, and clothing vouching.
Rental assistance is often an area the low-income population seeks. This type of assistance depends on special funding that isn’t always available. It’s important to check with our agency to see if this type of help is available. SCA actively seeks this type of funding, but availability of these programs isn’t a guarantee.
Any client seeking rental assistance must be aware that participation in case management services will be required. For more information on the programs and eligibility guidelines, call SCA at (570) 622-1995.
Emergency Heating Assistance
A few times a year, SCA will have some funds available to help with emergency heating needs. These funds are provided by PPL and require that you to have an active PPL account. It’s important to note that since this is an emergency program, funds will not be provided unless you’re nearly out of heating fuel.
This assistance is by appointment only and requires that the household is under 200% of the poverty guidelines.
Those receiving assistance will also need to provide a co-pay as a contribution towards the heating fuel.
200% Guidelines – Poverty Level
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.