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The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 included funding for states to establish emergency rental assistance programs. Pennsylvania has given money to each county to administer assistance to renters, landlords, and utility providers who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic insecurity.

Please use the APPLY NOW button on this page to start the process with the state.

If you have additional questions please contact our program coordinator below:

Nyky Crabb
Phone: (570) 394-7252
FAX: (570) 387-8806

One of the ways that we are able to qualify your household for ERA 1 funding is to look at the Area Median Income (AMI). For Columbia County, PA we use the following numbers:

Columbia County Area Median Income
House Size12345678
30%$ 13,850$ 17,240$ 21,720$ 26,200$ 30,680$ 35,160$ 39,460$ 43,450
50%$ 23,050$ 26,350$ 29,650$ 32,900$ 35,550$ 38,200$ 40,800$ 43,450
80%$ 36,900$ 42,150$ 47,400$ 52,650$ 56,900$ 61,100$ 65,300$ 69,500

This is not the only determining factor for income eligibility. If your household currently receives food stamps, medical assistance, or any other Government issued benefits, then your household could be qualified as well. Please speak to an ERAP Associate to review the eligibility requirements.

    1. If you wish to appeal your approval or denial status, you will first appeal at the county level to Matthew Hess, Executive Director of the Columbia County Housing Authority via email or phone.
    2. Phone: 570-394-4366
    3. Email:
    4. At that time, you can request an informal hearing or informal review of your file.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Aka ERAP) was established to help RENTERS and LANDLORDS by providing up to 15 months of rental assistance and utility payments based on a financial hardship due directly or indirectly from Covid 19.


ERAP helps tenant households with paying rent, past-due rent balances (also known as arrears), utility and home energy costs, utility and home energy cost arrears, and other expenses related to housing detailed below.

Rent expenses include rent, rent arrears, rental costs for trailers and trailer lots, and may include long-term housing hotels, motels, and boarding homes.

Utilities may include: electricity, gas, water, sewer, trash removal and energy costs, such as fuel oil.

Other expenses related to housing include but are not limited to relocation expenses, rental fees, reasonable late fees, internet services for work, home schooling, telemedicine, etc.

    1. Renters who have or are having trouble paying rent due to a financial hardship related (directly or indirectly) to Covid 19.
    2. Landlords whose tenants are in arrears during the time of the pandemic. (Tenants must agree to participate in the program).

Homeowners are not covered under the ERA program. Please visit and see what federal programs match homeowner/mortgage costs.

  1. Online visit:
  2. Paper application 9-3 Mon - Fri at our office. 700 Sawmill Road Suite 101 Bloomsburg PA 17815
    *office at back of building

Applications are available in: English | Spanish | Chinese | Arabic | Cambodian |Russian | Vietnamese

Typically, landlords and utility providers receive their payments directly within 10-15 business days of approval.

A completed file and approval process needs to take place prior to any payments being made.

contact us by phone, e-mail or
submit a question.

We are here to help and want to assist you in your housing needs.  Please call or email us so we can best guide you through the process.

Housing and redevelopment


Columbia County Housing Authority
700 Sawmill Rd, Suite 101
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Phone: (570) 784-9373
Fax: (570) 387-8806
TDD: (570) 389-5745


Columbia County Redevelopment Authority
700 Sawmill Rd, Suite 101
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Phone: (570) 912-5705
Fax: (570) 387-8806
TDD: (570) 389-5745

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