Human Services

About the Office

Hours M-F 8:30-4:30
Phone 570-296-3434
Fax 570-296-3436
Internal Extension 1062
Address 506 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
   
Executive Director Robert Ruiz
Email rruiz@pikepa.org


This office provides emergency rental and mortgage assistance, utility assistance, food vouchers and listing of county food pantries, emergency shelter, County housing rehab program, referrals, funding and information source for local human service agencies.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE FY2022 CDBG PROGRAM

Notice is hereby given by Pike County, that it will hold a virtual Public Hearing on June 28th, at 12 p.m. via Zoom. This meeting is accessible to individuals with disabilities and/or for persons with Limited English Proficiency. If you are a person with a disability or limited English proficiency and require an auxiliary aid,
service, or accommodations to participate, please contact Katie Blake at kblake@hailstoneeconomic.com or (570) 877-9277, to discuss how to best accommodate your needs within 72 hours in advance of the Public Hearing. Translators will be available at public meetings upon advance request. To join the hearing, go to: my-voice.link/pikecounty. The public can also join the Public Hearing by calling (646)558-8656 and entering meeting ID 849 4108 1965 and passcode 473768.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in general, the needs of Pike County and Pike County’s performance under the previously funded CDBG Program years, and to discuss the required Three–Year Community Development Plan of
Pike County.

Pike County is expected to receive an allocation of $277,108 of FY2022 CDBG funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Funds will be used to meet one of three CDBG national objectives: 1) benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) individuals; 2) aid in the elimination of slums and blight; or 3) meet a need having a particular urgency. At least 70% of the available funding must be used for activities which benefit low and moderate income persons. The proposed activities must benefit at least 51% low-moderate income persons in the service area to qualify as a low-moderate income project. The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has announced the application submission deadline of October 28, 2022.

The following types of activities may be eligible for funding under the CDBG Program: water and sewer line replacement and improvements; housing rehabilitation; construction of affordable housing; construction/reconstruction of public/community facilities; recreational facilities; public services that are
new or provide quantifiable increases in the delivery of services; street improvements; historic preservation; removal of architectural barriers; code enforcement; economic development; acquisition and relocation; clearance and demolition; and general administration, planning, audit if required, and
preparation of the CDBG application.

If Pike County would undertake activities that result in the displacement of families or individuals, then Pike County’s policy for minimizing such displacement would be in effect. Pike County is responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of
the use of CDBG funds.

All interested citizens are encouraged to attend and will be offered the opportunity to give oral testimony at the Public Hearing and/or to present written comments concerning the needs of Pike County proposed CDBG Program activities, the prior use of CDBG funds, as well as the CDBG Program in general.
Comments may be submitted to Katie Blake at kblake@hailstoneeconmic.com or Robert Ruiz, Executive Director of Human Services, rruiz@pikepa.org. Written comments should be received at or before the public hearing. Comments are due no later than July 8, 2022.

Pike County does not discriminate in any of its programs on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, familial status, disability, or use of guide or support animals because of the blindness, deafness, or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals.

Information regarding the Pike County Community Development Block Grant program is available on Pike County’s website at https://www.pikeforward.com/cdbg.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE FY2022 CDBG PROGRAM

Applications are being accepted for eligible projects in Pike County. Applications are available at https://www.pikeforward.com/rfps. Completed applications are due on Friday, July 15, 2022. The County will provide technical assistance, upon request, to any groups or persons when developing proposals intending to use CDBG funds. Information regarding the application and Pike County Community Development Block Grant program is available on Pike County’s website at https://www.pikeforward.com/cdbg

NOTICE OF FAIR HOUSING OFFICER AND COMPLAINT PROCESS
Equal Housing OpportunityUpdated July 2020 - This notice will serve to advise all residents of Pike County that the following actions, if based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status (families with children), or handicap (disability) is prohibited by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Federal Fair Housing Act) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act adds the additional protected classes of age and ancestry:

  • Refusing to sell or rent to, deal or negotiate with any person.
  • Discriminating on terms or conditions for buying or renting housing.
  • Discriminating by advertising that housing is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, handicap (disability), age or ancestry.
  • Denying that housing is available for inspection, sale or rent when it really is available.
  • Blockbusting-for profit, persuading owners to sell or rent housing by telling them that minority groups are moving into the neighborhood.
  • Denying or making different terms or conditions for home loans by financial institutions.
  • Denying to anyone the use or participation in any real estate services, multiple listing services or other facilities related to the selling and renting of housing.

If you’re a person with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer.

If you’re Limited English Proficient and require a document translation, please contact the below Fair Housing Officer.

All residents are hereby notified that Robert Ruiz is designated as Fair Housing Officer for Pike County and that any resident that believes they have been discriminated against under any of the above conditions may file a complaint with the Fair Housing Officer at the following address:

Robert Ruiz
Executive Director, Human Services
506 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337
rruiz@pikepa.org
(570) 296-3434

At their meeting on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Pike County Board of Commissioners adopted their annual resolution setting forth this fair housing policy.