Housing Programs

The Catherine McAuley Center offers several housing programs for women and children experiencing homelessness in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. These include short, medium or long-term rental assistance and client-centered case management.
All prospective clients must be homeless according to the HUD definition of "homeless" or in some cases, on the verge of homelessness. Potential clients should be desirous and capable of self-sufficient living. Call 570-342-1342 for more information.
 
Services include:
  • Case management
  • Assistance finding safe housing
  • Rental assistance
  • Assistance procuring household furnishings
  • Art therapy
  • Linkages to community services
  • Employment assistance

Emergency Housing

The Catherine McAuley Center operates two free, thirty-day residences for women and children experiencing homelessness. The units provide a temporary residence for women and their children who are in crisis which leaves them homeless. Residents are expected 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 six 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
  • Linkages to community resources.

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, RSM, 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
  • Linkages to community resources
All services provided free of charge.
 

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.

Re-entry Program for Women

In partnership with other agencies, the Catherine McAuley Center operates a transitional housing program with support services for women leaving prison who might effectively use this opportunity to successfully re-enter society. 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:

  • THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY OPEN TO WOMEN.
  • Involvement in the Life Skill/Parenting classes, meetings, or other group activities in the prison on a consistent basis
  • 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.

 

Single Room Occupancy Homes

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.

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.