Housing and Homelessness

Who qualifies for this service?

From homeless women and children to veterans, we serve a variety of people. To qualify for these YWCA services, we look for individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Individuals must have referrals from the HELP office. A housing assessment can be completed by calling the HELP office at 717.238.2851
  • Must be income eligible
  • Applicants are required to provide Social Security card, Photo ID and birth certificates, completed application and all other support documents

Counties Served

Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties

On any given night, 110 women and children may be living in our building.

With a focus on the establishment of well-defined goals and objectives, service recipients are offered an opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. While enrolled in long-term housing programs, individuals are assigned case managers and are expected to participate in life skills classes.

Bridge and Transitional Housing

This is a goal-oriented housing program for women and women with children who are homeless. Participants work with trained staff to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency with two main goals - employment and permanent housing.

Permanent Housing - Disabilities

This program provides rental assistance and weekly case management for single homeless women and homeless women with families where someone in the household has a permanent disability. Individuals in the program pay a portion of rent based on income and have set goals. Participants are financially assisted until they receive Section 8 voucher, public housing or a change in income allowing for self-sufficiency.

Safe Haven

Program provides rental assistance and weekly case management for single, chronically homeless women with a mental health diagnosis. Goal plans are developed focusing on maintaining housing, improving finances, maintaining mental health compliance, obtaining part-time employment and more.

Section 8 or Single Room Occupancy

This program is for single, homeless women and is considered permanent housing. Residents have a private, single room with a shared kitchen and bath.

If you are interested in applying for a YWCA residential program, please call the HELP office at 717-238-2851 and request a housing assessment. After business hours, contact Crisis Intervention at 717-232-7511.

For more information please contact Christina Free, Director of Housing and Homeless Programs at 717-234-7931, ext. 3052 or cfree@ywcahbg.org

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