As the temperatures dip to the dangerously cold, emergency shelters are going to be working overtime to help keep people safe. Below is a list of shelters in both Lancaster and Lebanon Counties that offer a warm place to stay.
Lebanon County Community Action Partnership
503 Oak Street, Lebanon (717) 273-938
Provides an array of services to Lebanon County residents through a variety of programs. Services include child care assistance, transportation, case management, rental assistance, shelter assistance, bridge & transitional housing, information & referral, job readiness, job placement, life skills education, GED preparation and the Female Offenders Re-Entry (FORE) Program.
Agape Family Shelter
139 S. 9th St., Lebanon (717) 272-6573
Agape Family Shelter is a shelter for homeless women and their children. The average stay at Agape is between 2-6 months depending on each individual’s personal situation.
Lebanon Rescue Mission Men’s Shelter
1223 Bittner Blvd, Lebanon (717 273-2301
Lebanon Rescue Mission provides emergency shelter for men only, along with hot meals and showers, case management and spiritual support.
HOPES Homeless Resource Center
235 South 12th Street, Lebanon (717) 274-7528
HOPES is a collaborative effort involving two Lebanon, PA ministries: Jubilee Ministries and Lebanon County Christian Ministries (LCCM). Jubilee operates the HOPES Resource Center which provides individualized case management, food, computer access, phone, laundry and shower facilities to homeless individuals and families. LCCM coordinates the overnight Emergency Shelter program through involvement of local host churches.
Lebanon County Housing Authority
County housing program information, information, and assistance.
Water Street Mission
210 South Prince St., Lancaster (717) 358-2030
The shelter has a capacity of 180. Scanning in is held from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Lancaster County Council of Churches
119 S. Prince St., Lancaster www.llcchurches.org/wintershelter
The winter shelter at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and can take up to 46 women and children from December through March. Open 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. More information: lcchurches. org/winter-shelter.
291 S. Fourth St., Columbia (717) 684-6271
Up to 25 people can stay seven days a week at the shelter, typically from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. The shelter is run by Hands Across the Street Transitional Living Ministry, a ministry of Columbia Presbyterian Church. The ministry also runs the Resource Center, which has services to help people transition out of homelessness.
Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services
53 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown (717) 690-9260; echoslancaster. org.
The winter shelter can hold 30 people, with three rooms for families. Guests can enter between 6:30 and 8 p.m. A police escort is required after 8 p.m. Typically, the shelter closes at 8 a.m.