Bridge Housing

What is Bridge Housing?

Bridge Housing is a goal-oriented housing program for women and women with children who are homeless for any reason. The program offers support to participants with the following goals in mind: secure employment and permanent housing. Trained staff help participants to eliminate potential barriers to self-sufficiency, such as a poor credit rating, lack of high school diploma or formal training, or a criminal record.

How much does Bridge Housing cost?

Rent is 30 percent of the participant’s gross income. An income is NOT required to enter the program.

How long may I live in the Bridge Housing Program?

A Bridge Housing resident may reside in the program for six to 12 months.

Who is eligible to apply for Bridge Housing?

The applicant must be a woman or a woman with children who is homeless or near homeless.  Follow this link for the HAP Definition of homelessness.

The applicant must be drug- and alcohol-free. This may include a woman who has been active in recovery for three months or longer.

The applicant must be capable of living independently in a group setting.

The applicant must be willing to work consistently on self-sufficiency goals.

How do I apply?

Fill out an application and mail it, fax it or hand deliver it to the YWCA Greater Harrisburg. Follow this link for the Program Application and procedures.

What other forms do I need?

All applicants must have a letter of referral/recommendation from a case manager of the referring agency on agency letterhead. Follow this link for a referral/recommendation template. Click here to view the HEARTH Act definition of homelessness.

All Bridge Housing Applicants must present a discharge summary on the referring agency’s letterhead to the property manager when the lease is signed. Bridge Housing Discharge Summary 

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions about Bridge Housing, contact Joann Romain at jromain@ywcahbg.org or call (717) 234-7931.

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