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Commission on Economic Opportunity
Comprehensive Housing Counseling Services - Commission on Economic Opportunity - Wilkes Barre
HUD approved counseling agency in conjuntion with Housing Development Corp. Assists with, landlord/tenant negotiation, emergency housing referral assistance, loan and grant program applications, pre-purchase counseling, post purchase counseling, and budget counseling.
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Rent and Security Deposit Assistance - Commission on Economic Opportunity - Wilkes Barre
Provides rent and security deposit assistance when funding is available.
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Mortgage Assistance - Commission on Economic Opportunity - Wilkes Barre
Assist with mortgage delinquency and default resolution. CEO, working in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Court of Common Pleas Foreclosure Diversionary Program, assists homeowners who are having difficulties paying their mortgage.
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Homelessness and Homeless Prevention - Commission on Economic Opportunity - Wilkes-Barre
CEO's Case Management for the Homeless Program can assist persons who are homeless or at those at risk of becoming homeless with the supportive services necessary to achieve the highest level of self-sufficient living
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Utility Payment Assistance - Commission on Economic Opportunity - Wilkes Barre
CEO is able to provide utility customers with access to assistance to help with bill payment for gas and electric services.
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm
Commission on Economic Opportunity
LIHEAP Crisis Program - Commission on Economic Opportunity
The LIHEAP Crisis Program is designed to provide emergency service to eligible persons who face a home heating related emergency. Emergency situations include: - Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced. - Lack of fuel. - The main heating source or second heating source (a source that is used to operate the main heating source or used if the main heating source is not working) has been completely shut-off. - Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply) or of having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days). Please contact our office at 570-826-0510 in the Wyoming Valley area, 570-455-4995 in the Hazleton area or 570-836-4090 in Wyoming County.
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Eligibility: State income guidelines apply.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm. (Closed for lunch 12 pm - 1pm) 24 hour LIHEAP Crisis service during mandated crisis dates. (Beginning November 2, 2020)
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Weatherization - Commission on Economic Opportunity
Weatherization Program aims to reduce the energy costs of low income families - primarily the elderly and families with children - by making energy efficient improvements to the home. Funding for the program comes from the Federal Government through the Department of Energy, Office of Building Technology, State and Community Programs and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant. Throughout PA the Weatherization Program is administered by the PA Department of Community & Economic Development. Each residence is independently audited using a blower door and audit tool. Depending on the dwelling, a residence may be eligible for measures such as additional insulation, weather-stripping, window caulking, door sweeps, clean and service of the heating unit, and water conservation measures. Generally, we can weatherize a home within 6 months of an approved application. We are currently have a wait list for applications.
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Eligibility: Homeowners or renters must reside in Luzerne County. The household income must fall within established Poverty Income Guidelines set by the Department of Community and Economic Development Office of Community Services. Households who are eligible under the Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program and those households which receive payments under Title XVI (SSI) or Title IV (TANF) are auto-eligible with regard to income eligibility. The residence has not been previously weatherized since September 30, 1994. If the residence has been weatherized since September 30, 1994, we cannot come back in at this time. The state weatherizes the dwelling, not the tenant.
Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Commission on Economic Opportunity
VITA Free Taxes -Commission on Economic Opportunity - Wilkes Barre
VITA program enables lower-income individuals and families to receive help preparing Federal, State and Local income taxes forms at no cost. In 2021 CEO will be operating the VITA Program as a virtual site where clients can drop-off their tax documents and pick-up completed tax returns when done. Only face-to face contact with clients will be the person verifying identity, eligibilty, and making certain all tax documents, forms, and signatures are in the drop-off packet. - only complete packets will be accepted. VITA Volunteers needed - For volunteer information call, VITA Coordinator/Administrator (570)826-0510 x272
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Eligibility: Individuals and families with annual income fo $57,000 or less.
Hours: Appointments for drop-off will be scheduled starting the first week of February 2021. Agency Hours to schedule an appointment: Weekdays 8:30 am - 5 pm.
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Prescription Assistance - Commission on Economic Opportunity
This program helps families with children and individuals that need assistance in purchasing prescription medications (including co-pays).
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am- 5:00pm (Closed from 12:00-1:00pm)
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Support Services Navigation and Opioid Use Disorder Housing Services - Commission on Economic Opportunity - Wilkes Barre
Services for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD); designed to connect these individuals to safe, stable and permenant housing. Contact your Drug Treatment Program Specialist/Provider for information and access to program referral. Treatment specialists are familiar with program protocol. The Wright Center for Community Health is also operating this program for Luzerne County. Those eligible for services with The Wright Center for Community Health will be referred there for services.
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Eligibility: To be eligible for this service with CEO: -Individual must not be a member of The Wright Center for Community Health -Individual must be a Luzerne County resident for 12 months or more -Individual needs to continue to reside in Luzerne County -Individual needs to be established with a licensed drug and alcohol provider and actively participating in treatment -If an individual is leaving a sober living house, CEO will assist; if continuing to live in a sober house, CEO will not assist -Does not accept walk-ins; referrals must come from their providers.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) - Commission on Economic Opportunity - WilkesBarre
he Department of Veterans Affairs has funded a supportive services grant to CEO to help end veteran homelessness by providing housing stability to homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The goal of the SSVF Program is to promote housing stability among very low-income Veteran families who reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing. Support outreach, casemanagement and other flexible assistance to rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless or prevent Veterans from becoming homeless.
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Eligibility: To become a participant household under the SSVF Program, the following conditions must be met: Eligible veteran is a person who served in the active military, naval or air services and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. A Reservist can also be considered eligible if activated during "War time" or in a "State of Emergency" and deployed out of State. Veteran must have a qualifying DD214 form or other VA approved documentation. Income guidelines: Household income does not exceed 50% of area median income.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Veterans Transitional Housing Program - Commission on Economic Opportunity
The Commission on Economic Opportunity, in collaboration with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, operates a homeless veterans transitional housing program. This project provides transitional housing and supportive services for homeless veterans with serious mental health and substance abuse problems. A total of 14 male/female veterans can be served at one time. The main goals are to help each veteran achieve greater self-determination, improved residential stability, and increased income and/or job skills. These goals are achieved through individual service plans that are developed by the case manager with the input of each individual client. Each veteran who consistently follows his/her service plan developed by a CEO case manager, complies with the service plan developed by the VA social workers, and follows all policy/procedures of the program will be in good standing and may be considered a successful graduate of the transitional housing program. Successful graduates of the program may be eligible for additional supportive services such as rental assistance, relocation allowance and home furnishings, depending on the individual veteran's need and the availability of funding. Individuals who qualify for this program must obtain a DD214 that states they have earned an honorable discharge. The time a veteran may participate in the transitional housing program cannot exceed 24 months. This program’s role in the Luzerne County Continuum of Care is that of a transitional housing provider dedicated to specifically serving homeless veterans. Objectives Provide safe and affordable housing Develop a individualized service goal / treatment plan for each veteran Provide case management services Increase job skills and training Improve income stability Assist each resident to secure permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency. Supportive Services The Commission on Economic Opportunity works in conjunction with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center to provide a comprehensive support environment. - CEO manages the 15 one-bedroom apartment unit. Commission on Economic Opportunity Job training and employment assistance Life skills training: basic home management, budget counseling and self-care skills Case management: service plan development, referrals, coordination and advocacy to appropriate agencies to address needs Housing counseling and referral plus continued follow up for 6 months after discharge Veterans Affairs Medical Center Medical treatment and medication monitoring Substance abuse treatment / counseling Mental health treatment / counseling Benefit entitlement: VA benefits and VA pension
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Eligibility: Admissions Criteria Must be an eligible veteran over the age of 18 Must be certified as being homeless Must be drug and alcohol free for 30 days Must be willing to follow and abide by all program rules and service planning
Hours: Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5 pm (Closed 12pn - 1 pm).
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Comprehensive Housing Counseling Services - Commission on Economic Opportunity - Wilkes Barre
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