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Catherine McAuley House - Women's Shelter and Housing

121 Church Street
Plymouth, PA 18651
(570) 779-2801
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Class of Housing: Women's Shelter, Permanent Support Housing, Transtional Housing.

General Information:

Emergency Housing
The Catherine McAuley Center operates two free, thirty-day residences for homeless women and children. The units provide a temporary residence for women and their children who are in crisis which leaves them homeless. Residents are required to be drug and alcohol free, physically and emotionally able to care for their children, and willing to assist with household tasks.

The Catherine McAuley House
Plymouth, PA
570-779-2801
Applicants must be residents of Luzerne County for at least three months. Women must be homeless without substantial resources and for reasons other than domestic violence; drug and alcohol free; physically and emotionally able to care for their children; and willing to assist with household tasks and cooperate in a shared living situation.
Services include:
Shelter
    Case management
    Transportation
    Linkages to community resources
    Medical Assessment
    Health service referrals
All services are provided free of charge.
Emergency Shelter
Scranton, PA
570-342-1342
Applicants must be residents of Lackawanna County for at least three months. Women must be homeless without substantial resources and for reasons other than domestic violence; drug and alcohol free; physically and emotionally able to care for their children; and willing to assist with household tasks and cooperate in a shared living situation.
Services include:
Shelter
    Case management
    Medical Assessment
    Health service referrals
    Transportation
    Linkages to community resources
    Life skills training
    Housing counseling
    Referrals to the Center's Furniture Bank
    Vocational assistance
All services are provided free of charge.
Transitional Housing
The Frances Warde House provides safe, decent, single room occupancy at reduced rent for 13 single low-income, self-sufficient women. Supportive services include linkages to community resources and case management.
Anne's House is the newest transitional housing facility operated by the Catherine McAuley Center. Named after the Catherine McAuley Center's foundress Sr. Anne Paye, RSM, Anne's House provides safe, decent, single room occupancy at reduced rent for four(4) single, low-income, self-sufficient women. Supportive services include linkages to community resources and case management.
The Bridge Housing Program provides transitional housing for up to one year with rental assistance and case management for homeless women and children working to achieve self-sufficiency. The program is administered by the Department of Human Services of Lackawanna County and is funded by the Department of Public Assistance. Residents must be homeless as defined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Department of Public Assistance; low-income as defined in the Federal Register; desirous of self-sufficient living and capable of achieving it; and goal oriented.
Services include:
Intensive case management
    Assistance in finding safe housing
    Setting measurable goals and formulating a written plan
    Rental assistance for up to one year
    Assistance in moving and procuring household furnishings, clothing, and personal supplies
    Art therapy
    Weekly educational sessions
    Linkages to community services
    Recreational opportunities
    Assistance in finding employment and job training
All services are provided free of charge.
Transitional Housing for Homeless Families
The Catherine McAuley Center operates a ten-unit scattered site transitional housing program for homeless women with or without children. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is part of Lackawanna County's Continuum of Care for homeless women and children. Clients coming from the Center's Emergency Shelter or the Women's Resource Center Shelter receive rental assistance and supportive services while residing in scattered site apartments.
The purpose of the program is to enable women of limited income to obtain safe, decent, affordable housing. The program is designed to offer supportive services and rental assistance to homeless women in order to enhance their freedom, independence, and self-sufficiency. Clients retain privacy in their own residence and in neighborhoods of their choice, and may remain in the residence upon completion of the one-year program. Services include:
Case management
    Assistance in acquiring safe housing
    Rental and utilities assistance for up to 12 months
    Life Skills training and goal setting
    Furniture and household items
    Emergency food and clothing
    Art therapy
    Counseling and legal services
    Assistance with job training and education
    Linkages to community agencies
    Recreational opportunities
All services are provided free of charge.
Transitional Housing for Women Leaving Prison
In partnership with other agencies, the Catherine McAuley Center operates a transitional housing program for women leaving prison. The program identifies women from the Lackawanna County Prison who might effectively use this opportunity to change the direction of their lives, and offers alternative housing options and support services for up to one year. The ultimate goal of this program is to empower women to sustain independent living following their release from prison.
Eligibility Requirements include:
Involvement in the Life Skill/Parenting classes, meetings, or other group activities in the prison on a consistent basis
    Expressed desire to make life changes and willingness to work with the assigned caseworker and art therapist
    Evaluation/assessment by a drug and alcohol counselor
    Personal recovery plan and willingness to enroll in drug or alcohol rehab if necessary
    Positive evaluation from prison personnel, art therapist, and drug and alcohol counselor
    Potential to be employed in volunteer services
Services include:
Group sessions in pre-release phase
    Intensive case management
    Assistance in finding safe housing
    Setting measurable goals with each client
    Assistance in finding employment and job training
    Rental assistance up to one year
    Assistance in moving, procuring furniture and personal supplies
    Art therapy
    Linkages to community services
    Assistance in being reunited with children
    Recreational activities
All services are provided free of charge.
Permanent Housing
The Catherine McAuley Center operates seven (7) permanent housing facilities for low-income families:
The Cross Apartments in Scranton contain six (6) two-bedroom apartment units.
    The Garber Street House in Hanover Township is a single-family two-bedroom home.
Permanent Supportive Housing Programs for Individuals and Families

The Catherine McAuley Center assists seven chronic homeless families and eight chronic homeless persons, primarily women, with mental health and other disabilities to obtain safe, affordable housing. The permanent supportive housing programs are designed to offer strong case management, supportive services, and rental assistance, enabling clients to experience independence and self-sufficiency in a permanent housing setting. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is part of Lackawanna County's Continuum of Care for the Homeless.
Services include:
Life skills training and intensive case management
    Medical assessments and referrals
    Group socialization activities
    Goal setting management
    Art therapy and counseling
    Cultural and recreational opportunities
    Setting up an apartment with furniture, household, and personal items
    Finding employment and volunteer opportunities
    Shopping and transportation needs
    Linkages to community agencies and programs
All services are provided free of charge.


Date Of Last Record Update: 06-05-2018


Website: http://www.catherinemcauleycenter.org/

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Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.

Drug And Alcohol Rehab programs are intended to treat alcohol and/or drug dependency.  The cost of participating in one of these programs and the method of treatment range significantly. The database operated on this website only includes residential rehab programs (not outpatient programs). We also provide Access to Recovery (ATR) Grant programs for substance abuse treatment. 

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Local Rehab Assistance: 855-401-7007
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