Resources for homeless persons
HUD has established three basic goals for each Supportive Housing Program project:
- To help program participants obtain and remain in permanent housing;
- To help participants increase skills and/or income. Meeting this goal will allow the participants to secure an income to live as independently as possible;
- To help participants achieve greater self-determination. The condition of homelessness itself can be damaging to one’s self-determination; achieving a greater sense of self-determination enables the participant to gain needed confidence to make the transition out of homelessness.
Supportive Housing Programs (Transitional and Permanent) promote the development of supportive housing and supportive services, including innovative approaches to assist homeless persons in the transition from homelessness, and to promote the provision of supportive housing to homeless persons to enable them to live as independently as possible.
Transitional Housing (TH)
Supportive housing used to facilitate the movement of homeless individuals to permanent housing. Homeless persons may reside in transitional housing for up to 24 months and receive supportive services that enable them to live more independently.
Permanent Housing (PH)
Long-term, community-based housing that provides supportive services to homeless persons with disabilities. Permanent housing enables special needs populations to live as independently as possible in a permanent setting.
Transitional housing requirements are as follows:
- living in a place not meant for human habitation, such as a car, park, sidewalk, or abandoned building;
- living in an emergency shelter; or
- living in transitional housing for homeless persons who originally came from the streets or emergency shelter.
Also, people meeting the following requirements may also be helped by this program:
- being evicted within a week from a private dwelling unit and no subsequent residence has been identified and the person lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing; or
- being discharged within a week from an institution in which the person has been a resident for more than 30 consecutive days and no subsequent residence has been identified and he/she lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing.
In addition, persons who ordinarily sleep on the street or in emergency or transitional housing but are spending a short time (30 consecutive days or less) in a hospital or other institution will also be considered eligible for assistance.
Permanent housing requirements are as follows:
- living in a place not meant for human habitation, such as a car, park, sidewalk, or abandoned building; or
- living in an emergency shelter.
Chronically homeless person is an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more or had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years. A disabling condition is defined as "a diagnosable substance use disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, or chronic physical illness or disability including the co-occurrence of two or more of these conditions. In defining the chronically homeless, the term homeless means a person sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation or in an emergency homeless shelter.
Shelter Services, Inc.
Phone: (717) 248-0102
13 Depot Street
Lewistown, PA 17044