Great resources for the homeless

Are you or someone you know homeless or close to becoming homeless? CACH is here to help! There are many great resources out there to help individuals who are homeless, and we make it our priority to point individuals in the right direction to crucial resources that will help them get back on their feet.

There are several emergency shelters for individuals who are homeless in Harrisburg and Dauphin County. These include, but are not limited to, HELP Ministries, Bethesda Mission, Interfaith Shelter, Shalom House, and the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg’s emergency and domestic violence shelters.

HELP Ministries

HELP Ministries provides emergency shelter placement to the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Shalom House, or Interfaith Shelter. This placement is for single women, single women with families, or families. They also provide emergency housing placement for single men at the YMCA or available rooming. Assistance includes food, clothing, heating prescription, and travel, along with a rental assistance program.

HELP Ministries is located at 413 S. 19th Street in Harrisburg, PA. Walk-ins can be made Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. through 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through 3 p.m., in addition to Wednesdays from 9 a.m. through 11 a.m. HELP Ministries can also be contacted at (717) 238-2851 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The crisis intervention line can also be called on other days or hours at (717) 232-7511.

Bethesda Mission

Bethesda Mission provides emergency shelter placement at its Men’s Mission. They provide a residential and spiritual development program, along with a medical clinic. They also serve meals and have a community soup kitchen. Bethesda also provides a mobile food and clothing mission.

Bethesda Mission is located at 611 Reily Street in Harrisburg, PA. The mission can be reached by phone at (717) 257-4440.

YWCA of Greater Harrisburg

The YWCA, located at 1101 Market Street in Harrisburg, PA, provides two emergency shelters: an emergency shelter and a domestic violence shelter. The domestic violence shelter is for women and children and provides a 30-day stay with domestic violence counseling and a case manager. The shelter also includes food and a clothing bank. The shelter can be contacted at (717) 238-7273.

The YWCA’s emergency shelter provides a 28-day emergency stay for women and women with children. It provides housing goals, case management, food, and clothing. The shelter can be reached at (717) 234-7931.

Other emergency shelters for the homeless include Interfaith Shelter and Shalom House. For more resources and service providers for the homeless, please check out CACH’s Homeless Services Reference Manual.


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