Emergency Rental Assistance Program Notification


Due to limited funds for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), Schuylkill Community Action cannot guarantee assistance will be available for all applicants. SCA will continue to process applications, following all mandated prioritization guidelines. SCA further prioritizes first-time applicants and those under threat of immediate eviction.

SCA is pausing the application process so that funds can be fairly disbursed. We will not accept new applications after August 25. SCA will notify the public if/when ERAP resumes.

ERAP processing, approval, and payment, can take time. Please be patient as we process your application. SCA will send a notification by mail stating if and when assistance is granted. Since funding is not guaranteed, it’s important to consider all other options to make rent payments, before relying on ERAP. See some resources below to help with housing stability:

PA 211 information and referral hotline- dial 211 on your mobile phone, or text your zip code to 898-211. (If you are experiencing homelessness, ask to be added to the coordinated entry list.)

Midpenn Legal Services offers legal help with evictions- 315 N Centre St Suite 201, Pottsville, PA 17901 phone: (570) 628-3931

Career Link Pottsville has job training, finding, and placement services to increase housing stability- 203 E Arch St, Pottsville, PA 17901 phone: (570) 622-5253

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) was created as an emergency response to the COVID-19 health pandemic to provide rental and utility assistance to assist households that have been directly or indirectly financially impacted by COVID-19. 



A complete list of required documents in order to process the application can be found in the following ERAP 2 document packets:

Beginning with applications submitted June 1st, you must make an appointment with your case manager to process your application. Completed applications can be submitted via fax, mail, email or directly to an SCA office. Meetings take about 45minutes and can be conducted in person or via phone. When we receive your completed application, a case manager will call you to schedule a meeting. Meetings can be rescheduled if we do not have all required documents outlined on the first page of the application. This will delay the process of verifying your information and making a payment.

Comenzando con las solicitudes enviadas el 1 de junio, debe programar una cita con su administrador de casos para procesar su solicitud. Las solicitudes completas se pueden enviar por fax, correo postal, correo electrónico o directamente a una oficina de SCA. Las reuniones duran unos 45 minutos y se pueden realizar en persona o por teléfono. Cuando recibamos su solicitud completa, un administrador de casos lo llamará para programar una reunión. Las reuniones se pueden reprogramar si no tenemos todos los documentos requeridos descritos en la primera página de la solicitud. Esto retrasará el proceso de verificar su información y realizar un pago.

Applications and all supporting documentation must be provided in order to receive assistance. Applications and supporting documentation may be emailed to RentalHelp@schuylkillcommunityaction.com or mailed to 200 North 2nd Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.

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


If you already received ERAP funds in the past and need more assistance, we already have most of the information we need to help you. Use the abbreviated reapplication here to request more assistance. Your case manager will request that you show progress on your goals toward self-sufficiency. Be prepared to discuss the goals from your first round of ERAP.

Si ya recibió fondos ERAP en el pasado y necesita más ayuda, ya tenemos la mayor parte de la información que necesitamos para ayudarlo. Utilice la nueva solicitud abreviada aquí para solicitar más ayuda. Su administrador de casos le pedirá que muestre progreso en sus metas hacia la autosuficiencia. Esté preparado para discutir las metas de su primera ronda de ERAP.

Who Qualifies?

ERAP assistance is available to lessees with incomes up to 80% area median income that have been directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19.

Income Eligibility

80% Area Median Income – Schuylkill County

# Persons in household ERAP Eligible if household
makes @ or below:
1 $44,650
2 $51,000
3 $57,400
4 $63,750
5 $68,850
6 $73,950
7 $79,050
8 $84,150

Note: Renters will be required to provide proof of income.

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.