Housing

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.