Welcome to the County of Berks

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.





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.)