Housing Resources for Bucks County Residents
All tenants may not be evicted without ﬁrst receiving notice to appear at court and an order of possession. Every eﬀort should be made to pay your rent when it is due. If rent payment is a concern, due to loss or reduction of income caused by the eﬀects of the Coronavirus, please take the following steps:
- Contact your landlord to discuss your situation and payment options. Repayment options can include rent deferral, rent reduction, or even rent forgiveness. Any agreement between you and your landlord should be put in writing.
- Explore other sources and supports to assist you in keeping your rent up to date including family, friends, etc.
- If you are having trouble paying your rent, call Bucks County Housing Linkas soon as possible to be connected to a Housing Coach that can determine eligibility for rental assistance.
- Due to high call volume, you might need to hold or leave a voicemail. If you can't hold, leave a message stating you are seeking rental assistance and a good contact number and an operator will reach out as soon as possible.
Landlords, please encourage tenants who are behind on rent to contact Housing Link as soon as possible. Please refer to Bucks Emergency Rental Assistance Program (BERA) for more information. Payments are made directly to landlords.
Temporary Eviction Halt
The CDC has ordered a temporary halt to evictions (for non‐payment of rent only) until June 30th, 2021 if you meet certain criteria and declare it to your landlord:
- You've made best eﬀorts to obtain government assistance for rent (e.g. calling Bucks County Housing Link)
- You meet certain income requirements and can't pay your rent due to loss of income
- You have made best eﬀorts to make timely rental payments (either full or partial)
If you think you meet the criteria above, complete the Declaration Form (PDF) and provide it to your landlord immediately. If you already have an eviction hearing scheduled, be sure to attend and bring the Declaration.
First Time Home Buyers Program
Bucks County has the First Time Homebuyers Assistance Program that can provide up to $10,000 for closing costs and/or down payment assistance for eligible households. The amount of assistance is provided to the buyer as a no interest deferred mortgage due and repayable once the home is sold, transferred, refinanced for additional debt, or is no longer the principal residence.
Bucks County contracts with Bucks County Housing Group to perform the required housing counseling and to guide applicants through the application process. The first step in the process is to attend a one hour Webinar, more information can be found on the Housing Link website.
Per the program guidelines, eligible households must have an income below 100% of the Median Family Income for Bucks County, based on family size. This information is obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). See the below chart for the most recent income limits.
Bucks County First Time Homebuyer Income Limits Effective July 1, 2020 and are updated annually.
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Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program
The Bucks County Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program provides assistance to low- and moderate- income homeowners for the repair and rehabilitation of their homes. Please contact the providers listed below for more information on program eligibility: