The Community Of Caring Erie

245 East 8th St
Erie, PA 16503

814-456-6661 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: temporary emergency shelter serving Erie County.

General Information:
We are open from 7am until 11pm every day, but we are staffed 24/7 The Community of Caring is a temporary emergency shelter serving Erie County. The Community of Caring provides connections with the homeless case management team at the base service unit with case management support services. There is also referral for Mental health treatment, Health care and Housing contacts. This is a place for you to be fed if you are hungry and helped if you are homeless or hurt. We care for all but have a special passion for the hungry, homeless and the hurt. If you need someone to talk to we are here for you. Come on in. You'll be respected, and loved because you're important. God's blessings to everyone. COC provides emergency and transitional shelter to homeless individuals (single adults). Unfortunately we do not have facilities for families and children. Residents receive a safe bed with bedding, bathroom and laundry facilities. They also receive 3 meals and a snack daily. We provide links to other services which will help them reach their goals (These goals are usually permanent housing and a stable income.) Residents must follow simple standards of behavior and are expected to participate in the life of the community by doing chores. If they have income, they are expected to contribute $110/month in shared expense. People with Food Stamps share a portion of their monthly allocation to help defray the cost of meals and coffee. If someone does not have income we don’t kick them out! We help them try to move forward. Hot Meals A hot meal is served at noon each to the community at large. The only requirement to receive a meal is that you be hungry! If you ever have some free time during the day, feel free to come for a free lunch. Finally Home Shelter + Care This program provides permanent subsidized housing and support services to up to 10 chronically homeless disabled persons. Participants must meet specific eligibility guidelines to qualify for this program, and are usually referred by someone in Homeless Case Management. For more information or to apply call John Yungwirth or Glinda Atkinson, program coordinator, at 814-456-6661. Food Pantry The COC Food Pantry distributes food 3 times a week. On Tuesday we offer the area’s only pantry specifically for diabetics. Food is distributed on Wednesday to the first half of the alphabet, on Friday to the other half. To receive services people must meet income guidelines and live within our service area as determined by 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania.


How To Volunteer at The Community Of Caring Erie:
Be a volunteer. Call The Community Of Caring Erie at 814-456-6661 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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