Commission on Economic Opportunity Wilkes- Barre
Covid-19 CARES Rent Relief Program - Luzerne & Wyoming Counties
***CARES Rent Relief has been extended to Nov. 4, 2020. 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 ASSISTANCE PROVIDED ON YOUR BEHALF: - Up to $750/month per lessee household (or up to 100% of monthly rent); - For a maximum of six months of assistance between March 1 and December 30, 2020. - Payments will be made to the landlord on behalf of the renter. - Landlords may apply on behalf of the renter, but landlord and renter must both submit documents in order to submit a complete CARES RRP application. - Applications will be accepted beginning July 6, 2020. - The deadline to submit applications is September 30, 2020. If you think you are eligible for this rent relief program, please contact your designated CARES RRP-For Luzerne & Wyoming Counties: CEO Commission on Economic Opportunity (Due to Covid-19 concerns - please don't come into our offices! Call for a phone appointment!) Commission on Economic Opportunity 165 Amber Lane PO Box 1127 Wilkes Barre, PA 18703-1127 570-826-0510, 1-800-822-0359 ---Tunkhannock Site: Wyoming County Human Services Building, 819 Hunter Highway, PO Box 74, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 Hours: Weekdays 8:00am - 4:00pm Phone: 570-836-4090 ---Hazleton Site: Broad Street Business Exchange, 100 West Broad Street, Suite 11 Hazleton, PA 18201 Hours: Weekdays 8:30am - 5:00pm (Closed from 12:00-1:00pm) Phone: 570-455-4994 Website: CEO staff is available 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday to answer your questions.
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Eligibility: -Renters who have experienced job loss or a reduction in annual income due to the Coronavirus pandemic; and -Landlords that have lost rental income because a renter has experienced job loss or a reduction in income as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Hours: Applications beginning July 6th and ending September 20, 2020.***CARES Rent Relief has been extended to Nov. 4, 2020. Agency hours: Wilkes-Barre: Mon- Fri 8:30am - 5 pm. (Closed from 12:00-1:00pm) Hazleton: : Weekdays 8:30am - 5:00pm (Closed from 12:00-1:00pm) Tunkhannock: Weekdays 8:00am - 4:00pm
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (800) 822-0359 Toll-Free
  • (570) 826-0510 Main
  • (800) 822-0359 Toll-Free
Email Address:
Intake Requirements: TO QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM: Renter must document at least a 30% reduction in income since March 1, 2020, related to COVID-19; or Renter must have become unemployed after March 1, 2020 as a result of COVID-19; and Renter’s income may not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence (and adjusted for the number people in your household). To find the Area Median Income by county, go to
Intake Procedure: Preferrable to complete the application online at If you have any questions,about completing the online forms, please call CEO via telephone Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00 pm at 1-800-822-0359 Due to Covid-19 concerns - please don't come into our offices! Call for a phone appointment!
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish While not yet available, a Spansih version of these forms will be made available, so plese check back as we are awaiting this information from PA Housing Finance Agency.
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