Housing/Shelter

Community Corrections/Home Confinement

  • Catholic Social Services has entered into contracts with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons to provide residential and pre-release services to inmates preparing to be paroled or discharged to the community. This program is a secured facility which provides custody, counseling, job training referrals, urinalysis, alcohol anonymous meetings, life skills activities, etc.
  • The Community Correction Program also houses individuals who are referred to the program by the Federal and State Probation and Parole Offices. These offenders are on parole and are in jeopardy of being re-incarcerated. The program is used to prevent them from going back to prison. The program also provides services to the federal District Court and accepts direct court commitment cases. This program has achieved accreditation from the American Correctional Association.

Florence Apartments

  • The Florence Apartments is owned and operated by Catholic Social Services (General Partner) andEdison Investments (Limited Partner). The sub-corporation is the Florence Apartments, LTD. The Florence Apartments is a six-story building, which houses thirty (30) one, two and three bedroom apartments. Working poor families and individuals, who meet income guidelines, are eligible to rent the apartments as permanent, affordable housing.

Gabriel House

  • Gabriel House offers transitional housing to women and young children who have been homeless. In addition, case management and individual counseling and career information is offered. There is also assistance in procuring permanent housing. Sixteen apartments are available; 3 two bedroom, 2 efficiencies, and 11 one bedroom. Each apartment is self sufficient and furnished. There is a community room with a computer, television and VCR, where group meetings also take place. There is a laundry room. Residents are referred from agencies that confirm the resident is homeless. Residents are interviewed before being accepted and there is zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. Each resident is responsible to pay rent that is 1/3 of their income or $100 a month (whichever is more). They are also responsible for their own food although there is food donated which is available to all. A Case manager is available during business hours and is on call for emergencies. The building is protected by an alarm system and voice activated entry system.

Gabriel Shelter

  • Gabriel Shelter is a 16 bed, coed, non-secure adolescent residential facility. The primary goal of the program is to provide a safe and stable living environment for youth while a plan is developed regarding their future living arrangements. These plans focus on the best interest of the youth and are formulated in conjunction with the youth, their family, shelter staff, their children and youth caseworker and any other significant individuals. While residing at the shelter all youth (families when applicable) are offered supportive services which include: individual, group and family counseling, life skills education, recreation, tutoring, advocacy and referral. The facility is licensed by Pa. DPW and adheres to all Pa. State Chapter 3800 regulations for adolescent residential facilities.
  • Youth ages 12 to 18 in the custody of or active with a (contracted) Children and Youth Agency. The Program operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Homeless Case Management

  • The Homeless Case Management Program offers a variety of services. Homeless individuals/families are residing on the streets or in a homeless shelter program in Lackawanna County. The program assists homeless individuals and families with finding adequate housing, furniture, employment and gaining financial stability needed to maintain self-sufficiency. Referrals to appropriate social service agencies are made for rent and food assistance, welfare benefits, job training, etc.

Homeless Permanent Housing

  • Catholic Social Services of Lackawanna County developed and implemented a permanent housing program in Lackawanna County for eight (8) homeless individuals. This program is sponsored by HUD’s Homeless Continuum of Care. The program is designed to provide supportive housing as a permanent resource for chronic homeless individuals.

Mental Health Homeless

  • One of a few programs of its type in Pennsylvania, it provides quality residential services to homeless mentally ill individuals. The residents receive counseling, life skills activities and other services in a structured 24 hour residential setting. The program is aimed at helping the client become self-sufficient and able to live in an independent living situation. This is a six (6) bed program licensed by the Department of Mental Health.

Mother Teresa Haven

  • Mother Teresa Haven provides emergency shelter and supportive services to homeless adult males within Luzerne County.  The program utilizes churches and temples throughout Luzerne County on q weekly rotating schedule to provide overnight shelter to this population.Transportation for clients to and from the designated shelter site is provided 7 days a week.Supportive services such as intake and assessment; job search and employment; referrals for transitional and permanent housing and counseling are available.To contact Mother Teresa Haven, please call 825-9948.

Nativity Place

  • “Nativity Place” is the first Emergency Homeless Shelter for families in Northeastern PA. The First Shelter apartment opened May 2007 in Scranton. The second apartment shelter is projected to open in June 2007.
  • The Shelter will provide furnished apartments for Homeless Families based upon family size. The families will be provided intensive family case management services. The families will be permitted to reside at the shelter for 30days. The primary function of the shelter is to provide a safe and suitable living arrangement until permanent suitable and affordable housing can be obtained. Supportive Services will be established upon admission and referrals made to all community services to help stabilize the family unit.

Rose of Sharon

  • This program is for homeless women between the ages of 18- 21 who are pregnant or have young babies. It provides housing in scattered site apartments that are furnished. It provides supportive services and referral services to those agencies in the community that will assist in pre-natal and post natal care. There is a case worker during business hours and on call for any emergency.

Shepherd’s Maternity House

  • The Mission of Shepherd’s Maternity House is to provide shelter, care, counseling, and education as an alternative to abortion for pregnant women ages 18 and older.
  • During their stay the mothers are given much needed support in a loving family atmosphere. They are also given the assistance and knowledge to provide that same nurturing, comforting environment for their babies.
  • In some instances, however, it may not be possible for these young women to keep their infants. Since the decision to put a newborn up for adoption is far from easy, impartial counseling is available to help the mother decide through Catholic Social Services.
  • The benefits and drawbacks of adoption are discussed, as are legal concerns. In reaching the best choice, the mother is given guidance, information, time and often, a shoulder to cry upon.
  • If adoption is chosen, she can use the services of Catholic Social Services of Monroe County. Either way, providing a loving home for the infant is paramount.  If the woman chooses to keep her baby, she is given support and help.
  • Day to Day Life these young women will receive instructions on maternal, prenatal, and postnatal care as well as nutrition. They will be given the opportunity to learn parenting skills, and receive counseling and job training. In addition, they will learn how to live together as a family at the maternity home.  Women must provide their own food although there is food donated that all may share.  Women are asked to pay $10.00 a week.
  • Assistance will be provided to help young women who have not completed their high school or vocational school education. Classes will be basic courses, including computer technology, which will help them develop the necessary skills to compete in today’s marketplace.
  • After the birth of their babies, mothers will receive assistance in securing housing, employment, and day-care facilities. Ongoing counseling and support will be available, if required. The new mothers will always know that Shepherd’s Maternity House a program of Catholic Social Services regards them as part of its family.

St. Ann’s

  • The St. Ann’s Program in Hazleton secures four 2-bedroom apartments and four 3-bedroom apartments, for occupation by persons with a qualifying disability, along with their families.

St. Anthony’s Haven

  • An emergency shelter for homeless men and women is located at 409-411 Olive Street, Scranton. Separate facilities for both sexes are available. It is open 365 days a year – summer and winter hours vary. The Shelter provides a place to sleep and share companionship. Snacks, shower facilities and laundry services are also available.

St. Catherine’s Manor

  • Catholic Social Services of Lackawanna County and Mercy Health Partners have formed a partnership as co-developers of an apartment building near Lake Scranton. It provides unique “supportive” housing services to eligible senior citizens who live independently, but may need light housekeeping, meals, transportation, and health related services as they continue to age.

St. Hedwig’s Veterans Village

  • Catholic Social Services obtained the former St. Hedwig’s School in Kingston and reconfigured it into ten one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom apartments designed for veterans and their dependant families.  Additionally, a full range of supportive services will be provided by C.S.S. to the veterans as well as helping them find jobs, educational, recreational, and other opportunities within the community.

St. James Manor

  • This program for homeless individuals and families provides sixteen (16) one and two bedroom apartments within a Transitional Housing Service. An established partnership between Catholic Social Services and Allied Services provides Case Management and Employment Vocational Services to help assist homeless individuals towards independence and self-sufficiency.

St. John’s Apartments

  • St. John’s is an affordable apartment building for seniors 62 & older. The tastefully appointed one-bedroom apartment homes have many modern conveniences. The building contains 24 one-bedroom units with varying sizes. The property is in a convenient north Wilkes-Barre neighborhood. The building includes a coffee lounge, a multi-purpose room, activities, crafts, laundry room, parking & storage space. The complex offers optional supportive services such as transportation, health screening and education, budget counseling, housekeeping, laundry services, personal care, and a variety of social activities.

St. Jude Tri-County Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative

    • St. Jude Tri-County Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative provides intensive one on one case management services in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne Counties for chronically homeless individuals who have a current and past history of mental health and/or drug and alcohol difficulties.  By creating supportive services and resources for the participants, individuals can be provided the one on one intensive case management services for up to five years in order for them to transition from temporary living conditions to a more permanent, safe, and stable housing environment.  A five year longitudinal research study will also provide data and information helpful to further develop this program.

St. Stanislaus Apartments

  • St. Stanislaus Apartments in Sheatown once provided a home for up to 205 orphaned children when it served as St. Stanislaus Institute.  After a complete and comprehensive renovation, it now houses 30 intergenerational one, two, and three bedroom apartments for families, elderly and veterans.

St. Thomas Apartments

  • St. Thomas Apartments is a distinctive, newly-renovated building located in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, affordable and convenient with a multitude of captivating features. There are 20, general occupancy units in the building including 4, 1-bedroom, 8, 2-bedroom and 8, 3 bedroom apartments. CSS will make their supportive services available to St. Thomas residents including: Counseling/Case Management, Child Care, Education Training, Employment/Transition to work services, Parenting, Resident Budget Counseling, and Emergency Food.

St. Vincent Apartments

  • St. Vincent Apartments is a distinctive, newly-renovated building located in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, affordable and convenient with a multitude of captivating features. There are 19, general occupancy units in the building including 6, 1-bedroom, 6, 2-bedroom and 7, 3 bedroom apartments. CSS will make over 75 of their supportive services available to St. Vincent residents including transition-to-work, education/training, family & budget counseling, adoption, drug & alcohol counseling, family literacy, child care and friendly caregivers programs.

VA Homeless

  • The Veterans Administration (VA) Homeless Program is a 24-hour residential program for mentally ill homeless veterans. The Veterans Administration designates the time (usually 30 to 90 days) a veteran will participate in the program. This program offers counseling, life skills activities, personal hygiene care, budget counseling, etc. to the veteran. There is a six (6) bed capacity and it is funded through a contract with the Veterans Administration.

VA Per Diem

  • This program is sponsored by the Veterans Administration in Washington D.C. The funding for this program provides housing services for up to 30 homeless veterans residing at our Residential Programs at 409-411 Olive Street and at St. James Manor, located at 600 Wyoming Avenue.

VA Permanent Supportive Housing Program (Lackawanna)

  • Sponsored through HUD, the program secures eight scattered-site, one-bedroom apartments for male and female Veterans with a disabling condition, who have been chronically homeless.  The VA PSHP program assists with apartment rental costs, and provides ongoing case management and supportive services.  The primary goal of the program is to assist participants to remain in permanent housing, while increasing self-sufficiency and maximizing the ability to live independently.

VA Permanent Supportive Housing Program (Luzerne)

  • Sponsored through HUD, the program secures eight scattered-site, one-bedroom apartments for male and female Veterans with a disabling condition, who have been chronically homeless.  The program also allows for three scattered-site, three-bedroom apartments for chronically homeless, disabled Veterans and their families.  The VA PSHP program assists with apartment rental costs, and provides ongoing case management and supportive services.  The primary goal of the program is to assist participants to remain in permanent housing, while increasing self-sufficiency and maximizing the ability to live independently.

VA Permanent Supportive Housing Program (Pike)

  • Sponsored through HUD, the program secures six scattered-site, one-bedroom apartments for male and female Veterans with a disabling condition, who have been chronically homeless.  The Pike PSHP program assists with apartment rental costs, and provides ongoing case management and supportive services.  The primary goal of the program is to assist participants to remain in permanent housing, while increasing self-sufficiency and maximizing the ability to live independently.

VA-SRO Supportive Housing

  • This program for eight (8) homeless veterans and individuals is a single-room occupancy transitional housing service. Catholic Social Services and the Community Intervention Center have partnered to provide Case Management and Counseling Services to help assist homeless individuals towards independence and self-sufficiency.

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