Shalom House is a homeless shelter in Harrisburg, PA that gives women and their children a home during a time of crisis. According to Patricia Carpintieri, Shelter House Supervisor and case manager at Shalom House, the shelter houses between 250 and 280 individuals each year.
The shelter currently has a 21-bed capacity and provides two outside housing programs. Shalom House is an agency partner with the United Way of the Capital Region and is supported by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
The first housing program is for female veterans, which lasts between 18 months to 2 years, according to Carpintieri. This program helping up to 6 homeless women veterans each year, offers case management, transitional housing and further helps the women get on a pathway to return to self-sufficiency.
The second program is the Shalom House Aftercare Rental Housing Program (SHARP), which offers case management and rental assistance to chronically disabled women. In addition, they receive help with food and utilities and coordinated assistance to help move them to independence. According to Carpintieri, SHARP serves between 12 and 15 women each year.
Below is a tour of Shalom House that was given by Carpintieri.