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 the last three months. Women must be homeless 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.

Therese's Home Emergency Shelter
Scranton, PA
570-342-1342

This temporary shelter is named in honor of Sr. Therese Marques and her legacy of service to the Catherine McAuley Center. Applicants must be residents of Lackawanna County for the last three months. Women must be homeless 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 (up to 30 days)
  • Case management
  • Medical Assessment
  • Health service referrals
  • Local transportation
  • Linkages to community resources
  • Life skills training (i.e. budgeting)
  • Housing counseling
  • Vocational assistance

All services provided free of charge.

Single Room Occupancy

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 single, low-income, self-sufficient women. Supportive services include linkages to community resources and case management.

Transitional Housing

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. 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 and capable of self-sufficient living; and goal oriented. Applications can be picked up at the Center office. There is a waiting list.

Services include:

  • Intensive case management
  • Assistance in finding safe housing
  • Rental assistance for up to one year
  • Assistance in moving and procuring household furnishings, clothing, and personal supplies
  • Art therapy
  • Linkages to community services
  • 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 with support services for women leaving Lackawanna County Prison who might effectively use this opportunity to change the direction of their lives. The ultimate goal of this program is to empower women to sustain independent living following their release from prison for up to one year.

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 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:

  • Intensive case management
  • Assistance in finding safe housing
  • Assistance in moving, procuring furniture and personal supplies
  • Linkages to community services
  • Recreational activities

All services are provided free of charge.

 

Rapid ReHousing for Homeless Families

The Catherine McAuley Center operates a scattered site transitional housing program for homeless women with or without children as part of Lackawanna County’s Continuum of Care for homeless women and children. Clients are referred from the center’s Emergency Shelter or the Women’s Resource Center and receive rental assistance and supportive services.

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
  • Life Skills training and goal setting
  • Furniture and household items
  • Art therapy
  • Linkages to community agencies
  • Recreational opportunities

All services are provided free of charge.

Permanent Housing

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.