Somerset County Assistance Office
Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA)
Provides an Emergency Shelter Allowance (ESA) to help individuals/families who are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of becoming unhoused, to:
  • Stop eviction or foreclosure
    • Find a long-term place to live
    • Find a short-term place to stay
  • 164 Stayrook Street
    Somerset, PA 15501
    Eligibility: Pennsylvania residents who meet all income, resource, and non-financial guidelines. Individuals/families must either be currently receiving or apply for other benefits (Medicaid, SNAP, TANF) through the Department of Human Services.
    Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45am to 5:00pm
    Phone/FAX Numbers
    • (814) 443-3681 Main
    • (800) 248-1607 Toll-Free
    • (814) 445-4352 Fax
    Email Address:
    Intake Procedure: Contact the County Assistance Office by phone or walk in.
    Intake Requirements: In addition to ID and documentation of income/resources, the County Assistance Office require:
  • Proof of the emergency and the amount of money needed to address the crisis
    • Proof that an ESA will solve the housing crisis (rather than only delay eviction/foreclosure)
  • Geographical Area: Service available in all of Pennsylvania.

    Each County Assistance Office serves residents of the county in which it is located.
    Helpful Tips: Individuals not currently receiving benefits are required to apply, and may do so:
  • Online using the COMPASS Website or mobile app
    • In Person: at the local County Assistance Office
  • Services:
    • Mortgage Payment Assistance
    • Rent Payment Assistance
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    Somerset County Assistance Office
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