The Next Step Program
We are currently no longer accepting applications for the Next Step/Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program. Thank you for your interest in the program.
This program is for individuals leaving transitional housing facilities, domestic abuse shelters, emergency shelters, community living arrangements, community rehabilitation residences and similar facilities. This program helps individuals "take the next step" to a living arrangement that is almost entirely independent. It consists of rental subsidy/assistance for up to 2 years, with expectations of "positive steps toward self-sufficiency". Housing must be located in Reading, PA.
Reports and Documents
2019 Joint City and County ESG Application
2019 Joint City and County HOME Application
HOME Program Multi-Family Underwriting Template
Berks County Comprehensive Plan
Titled Berks Vision 20/20, this document details the long-term goals and plans to reach them, to maintain and improve the 'health' of Berks County, updating and replacing the previous plan of 1991. Visit the Berks County Planning Commission site to read this document as a PDF.
*2016 CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT(CAPER) * (PDF)
For Boroughs and Townships
Joint Planning - This program provides funding and technical assistance to boroughs and townships who undertake joint planning efforts. Visit the Berks County Planning Commission site for details on this program.
(See also our Links webpage for other possible funding sources.)