Emergency Financial Assistance


Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) is available to alleviate an immediate financial crisis to ensure that basic human needs are met in these areas:

  • Utility terminations
  • Winter heating
  • Evictions
  • Emergency shelter
  • Emergency medications
  • Medical equipment
  • Clothing
  • Other individualized needs

Individuals may self-refer or may be referred by another agency for assistance. Catholic Charities assesses each request and situation individually through a thorough intake process. Income and eligibility guidelines are flexible to allow services to be tailored to effectively meet the individual need. Contacts are kept in the strictest confidence to promote and defend the dignity of all clients.

For income eligible households, Catholic Charities can assist people to enroll in and access utility company Customer Assistance Programs (CAP). Our Emergency Financial Assistance program works collaboratively with other health and human service agencies throughout our eight-county region to respond to disasters and other local needs as they arise.


Blair County United Way

Centre County United Way

Clinton County United Way

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

Lee Initiatives

Nazareth Family Foundation

United Way of the Laurel Highlands


Committed to serving the people of central Pennsylvania without regard for race, ethnic origin, religious belief, or financial means, through the generosity of donors from the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, from the communities we serve, and from the United Ways in Cambria-Somerset Counties, Clinton, Centre County and Blair County.