Homeless Assistance Program

Homeless Assistance Caseworkers assist people who are Homeless or Near Homeless providing both prevention and intervention services to meet basic needs in the immediate or near future. Needs such as:
Cumberland County residents in need of assistance should contact our Homeless Assistance Program at:
18 N. Hanover St
3rd Floor
Carlisle, PA  17013

Last names beginning with A-I call: 717-240-6117
Last names beginning with J-Z call: 717-240-6112
Toll Free: 1-888-697-0371 ext 6110 Fax: 717-243-4750
Definitions of Homeless
Individuals and families are Homeless if they:
  1. Are residing in a group shelter; domestic violence shelter; hotel or motel; mental health, drug or alcohol facility; jail; or hospital with no where to reside; or living in a home but, due to domestic violence, need a safe place to reside; or
  2. Have received verification that they are facing foster care placement of their children solely because of a lack of adequate housing or need housing to allow reunification with children who are currently in foster care placement; or
  3. Are living in a "doubled up" arrangement for six months or less on a temporary basis; or
  4. Are living in a condemned building; or
  5. Are living in housing that has dangerous structural defects or lacking plumbing, heat or utilities; or
  6. Are living on the streets, in cars, doorways, etc.
Definition of Near-Homeless
Individuals and families are Near-Homeless if they:
  1. Are facing eviction (having received either written or verbal notification from the landlord that they will lose their housing unless payment is made).  Verbal notification must be followed up with written documentation.

Case Management
This service is designed to assist you in identifying your needs and the reasons why you became homeless or near homeless. The focus of Case Management is to provide you with the tools and skills that you need to promote self-sufficiency. Services include budgeting, life skills, job preparation, home management and referrals to local services, if necessary.

Rental Assistance
If you are in danger of being evicted from your apartment or home, your county may be able to assist you with payments for rent, security deposits and utilities. One of our Case Managers will work hard with your landlord to maximize your chances for staying in your apartment or home, or work with you to find a more affordable apartment. HAP can also be used to move you out of shelter into an affordable apartment.

Bridge Housing
This is "The Bridge" that will transition you into permanent housing. This is usually the next step up from an emergency shelter. This service will allow you to stay in a shared facility or apartment for up to 18 months for a small co-pay depending on your income and you will continue to receive case management services to assist you with your goal in living in your own home or apartment.

Emergency Shelter
If you are currently homeless and have no permanent residence or are a victim of domestic violence, the Emergency Shelter component provides you with shelter, for a short period of time. During that time, you will be provided with case management services to assist you with securing more permanent housing.  

Eligibility Guidelines
Financial Eligibility
  1. All persons must meet the Financial Eligibility limits (see table below).
  2. All persons must have an income and demonstrate the ability to maintain future rent and basic needs.
  3. All clients are provided, and must comply with, "The Facts To Know" publication.
  4. Applicants will complete a written housing plan and a budget assessment.  If warranted, money management and/or other services will be recommended.
  5. Persons moving into subsidized housing are only eligible for the initial security deposit and/or the first month's rent.

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
(changes every year)
FAMILY 90 Day Maximum
1 $5,106.00
2 $6,882.00
3 $8,659.00
4 $10,435.00
5 $12,211.00
6 $13,987.00
7 $15,764.00
8 $17,540.00