Where Can I Go if I Am Homeless in Lancaster, PA?

If you or someone you know has been evicted from their home and is currently experiencing homelessness in Lancaster, PA, there are resources available. The journey out of homelessness often begins with a hot meal and a safe place to sleep, and in Lancaster, there are a handful of shelters offering help for individuals and families in need. 

Water Street Mission 

Water Street Mission is a non-profit organization providing safe shelter for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in Lancaster, PA. When a person comes to our Access Center and is admitted, we connect them with a Case Manager and Social Worker who will talk with them to assess the next best step.

Once guests are admitted to our emergency shelter, they can stay for 67 days, with the option to transition into a Residential Program once their time at Providence Shelter is completed. Both the shelter and residential tracks give access to services at Water Street and with our community partners, including safe shelter, three meals every day, counseling and case management, free health services, and more. 

Water Street’s Providence Shelter is located at 210 South Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603. To find out more about our intake process, please give us a call at (717)- 393-7709. We also accept walk-ins. 

More details: https://wsm.org/what-we-do/receiving-help/

Lancaster County Food Hub 

Lancaster County Food Hub’s Welcome Place is an emergency overnight shelter that is open 365 days a year as well as a daytime drop-in center offering outreach services five days per week. 

Located at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Lime Street, the shelter is open from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for adult men and women. In order to use a shelter bed, reservations are required. Reservations can be made at The Welcome Place drop-in center or by calling 717-690-8054.

More details: https://lancasterfoodhub.org/shelter/ 

Good Samaritan Services 

Good Samaritan Services provides a flexible spectrum of services ranging from emergency shelter to permanent housing, along with personal development and financial stability resources to help people who are currently without shelter get back on their feet in a sustainable way. Good Samaritan has locations in Lancaster County and Chester County. 

Their hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

More details: https://www.goodsamservices.org/emergency-shelters

Transitional Living Center 

Transitional Living Center, a service of Tenfold, is a shelter providing temporary housing and supportive services for individuals, couples, families, and veterans experiencing homelessness in Lancaster. Families stay together at TLC, and individualized housing plans are created for all guests. Address: 308 East King Street Lancaster, PA 17602. 

More details: https://wearetenfold.org/tlc/ 

For individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in Lancaster, feel free to check out our website for additional resources or reach out to 2-1-1, which is an information and referral program providing referrals to connect you to local organizations that are equipped to helping you on your journey.