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Homeless and Special Needs Housing

Shelter Plus Care for the Chronically Homeless

This program provides rental assistance to homeless individuals with a mental health, chronic substance abuse or HIV/AIDS disability. The program operates in Cumberland and Perry Counties, and participants rent from private property-owners.

chronically homeless - a disabled individual who has been homeless for a year or more continuously OR has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years; persons must have been sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation or in an emergency shelter

Shelter Plus Care for the Non–Chronically Homeless

This program provides rental assistance to homeless individuals and families with a mental health, chronic substance abuse or HIV/AIDS disability (the head of household must have a disability). It operates in Cumberland and Perry Counties, and participants rent from private property-owners.

homeless (non-chronic) – sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation; staying in an emergency shelter; staying in transitional housing but came from the streets or an emergency shelter; participants must meet homeless qualification at the time of application and again when certified for the program

Carlisle Supportive Housing Program

The Carlisle Supportive Housing Program (SHP) provides four rental units of permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals with a mental health or chronic substance abuse disability. The units are located in one building in Carlisle.

West Shore Supportive Housing Programs 1 and 2

This program provides 12 units of subsidized permanent housing to homeless individuals and families with a mental health or chronic substance abuse disability. This program operates in Cumberland County, and participants rent from private property-owners.

homeless – sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation; staying in an emergency shelter; staying in transitional housing but came from the streets or an emergency shelter; must meet homeless qualification at the time of application and again when certified for the program

Supportive Living | Lemoyne and New Bloomfield

Lemoyne has two units for homeless individuals with a mental health or chronic substance abuse disability.

New Bloomfield has two, one-bedroom, units as well as one, two-bedroom, unit for homeless persons with a mental health or chronic substance abuse disability.

Rapid Re-Housing 2

This is transitional housing for homeless individuals and families. Participants do not have to meet disability requirements. The only requirement is homelessness (can be chronic or non-chronic) and meeting income guidelines. This is a temporary program, and participants must work towards self-sufficiency. Financial assistance can include security deposits and utility payments. The program provides a maximum of 18 months of assistance.

For All Programs

  • participants must meet income requirements (see below)
  • homelessness must be documented; acceptable documentation includes a letter from a shelter, caseworker or other agency verifying your homeless status
  • the mental health or chronic substance abuse disability must be documented by a doctor, physician’s assistant, psychiatrist or psychologist (this does not apply to Rapid Re-Housing 2)

To be eligible for rental assistance through any of the homeless and special needs housing programs, participants must meet income requirements. The total household income can not exceed the amount shown in the table below based on the number of persons residing in the home.

Household Income Limits

  • Number of Maximum Family Members 1 has an Income Limit of $25,200
  • Number of Maximum Family Members 2 has an Income Limit of $28,800
  • Number of Maximum Family Members 3 has an Income Limit of $32,400
  • Number of Maximum Family Members 4 has an Income Limit of $35,950
  • Number of Maximum Family Members 5 has an Income Limit of $38,850
  • Number of Maximum Family Members 6 has an Income Limit of $41,750
  • Number of Maximum Family Members 7 has an Income Limit of $44,600
  • Number of Maximum Family Members 8 has an Income Limit of $47,500

Homeless and Special Needs Housing

The Authorities provide assistance in the form of subsidized housing and supportive services to individuals and their families who are homeless and, or, homeless and disabled. Special needs case managers provide assistance in locating and obtaining housing, as well as ongoing support to ensure clients are able to retain that housing and meet their monthly financial obligations—for example, assisting in preparing and monitoring a household budget. Case managers assist in making referrals for health care, child care and other needed services.

Applicants must meet income guidelines and other eligibility requirements. Participants are required to pay a percentage of their monthly income toward rent and utilities, and meet with case managers on a regular basis.

The Authority has a limited number of housing units for the homeless and those with special needs at properties it manages. In addition, other housing options are provided through community partners and the private sector. Case managers work closely with clients and these partners to coordinate services.

How the Homeless and Special Needs Housing Programs Process Works

  1. Application - The first step in obtaining rental assistance through the Homeless and Special Needs Housing Programs is to complete an application. You can apply online at www.cchra.com. Paper applications are available, but they are only given to people who do not have access to a computer AND are homebound and cannot get to the Housing Authority office at 114 N. Hanover St. in Carlisle. There is a computer in the Housing Authority lobby to complete an application.
  2. Waiting List - All programs have waiting lists. You will receive a letter stating that you have either been accepted and placed on the waiting list OR you have been denied acceptance into the program. If you are denied, you have a right to appeal this decision.*
  3. Certification - Once at the top of the waiting list, a caseworker will contact you. You will meet with the caseworker and be certified for participation in the program. Certified means you meet all the eligibility requirements and can now begin to look for housing. During this meeting, the caseworker will explain what kind of housing you should be looking for and how much you can spend on that housing.
  4. Housing Selection - After being certified, you begin your housing search. When you find a house or apartment that you like, contact your caseworker to begin the steps in leasing the unit for you.
  5. Housing Inspection - All units in this program must be inspected to ensure they meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s housing quality standards.
  6. Lease - After the unit has passed inspection, your caseworker will assist in negotiating the terms of the lease and a move-in date. You should not sign a lease until your caseworker tells you to!

    You will then meet with your caseworker again to sign the paperwork required by the Housing Authority. Your caseworker will tell you how much of the rent you must pay, where to pay the rent, etc. The caseworker will also review all of the rules and regulations to make sure you understand what you must do to keep your housing and your rental assistance. If you need assistance getting utilities transferred into your name, you should ask you caseworker for help.

  7. Move In!

  8. Regular Meetings with Your Caseworker - A requirement of the Homeless and Special Needs Programs is that you meet with your caseworker on a regular basis. The caseworker will contact you with an appointment time. If you cannot make the appointment, you should call and reschedule.

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