If you are currently experiencing homelessness, dial 2-1-1, dial 855-567-5341 toll free, or text your zip code to 898-211 for information, screening, and referral. Individuals and/or households may also visit local Access Sites for assessment:
50 W Penn Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
Perry Housing Partnership
42 W Main street
New Bloomfield, PA 17068
This one call or access site visit will help you begin to access services and supports to address your current situation. Many of the programs available use the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's definition of homelessness – “ 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.”
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.
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.
This program provides 24 units of subsidized permanent housing to chronically homeless individuals and families with a mental health or substance abuse disability. This program operates in Cumberland County, and participants rent from private property-owners.
Chronically homeless is defined as 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.
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.
This is a short-term (6 months) rental assistance program for homeless individuals and families. Participants do not have to meet disability requirements. Participants must work towards self-sufficiency. Chronically homeless are prioritized.
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.
For the convenience of our clients and guests, we have established an online PREP course which follows the same curriculum as the in-person course. Everyone enrolling in a Homeless and Special Needs Housing program is to complete the course.
To take the course you must select the link below and follow the registration instructions. Upon completing the sign-in; you may take the course, answer the quizzes to prove your understanding, access the links for further information and obtain your completion certificate. Once your certificate is obtained, please give a copy to your case manager.