Emergency Shelter

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Safe Harbour has been providing secure housing for homeless and nearly homeless children and adults for more than three decades.

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Safe Harbour’s short-term emergency shelter is designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance for eligible homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families, providing a 90-day stay as they move to independent living.

Emergency shelter residents are required to:

  • verify homelessness
  • meet low-income criteria
  • have a criminal background check through the Carlisle Police Department

Admission is available based upon availability of units and no previous discharge from any Safe Harbour program within the previous six months. Entry into the program is first-come, first-served. Individuals, families, and agencies must contact Safe Harbour on a daily basis to inquire about occupancy status.

The shelter’s two sections include five units for single women and four units for couples, individuals with children, and other family scenarios. The women’s shelter is physically separated from the family shelter, with residents sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Food for two meals per day per resident is available for them to cook meals. Items such as toiletries, clothing, linens, and other necessities are available.

The short-term emergency shelter’s goal is to stabilize the individual or family and develop objectives that will lead to permanent housing. This is accomplished by utilizing both existing health and social service agencies and Safe Harbour’s on-site professional staff, creating a rehabilitative plan to increase basic life skills and prepare residents for self-sufficient and independent living.

Residents who are not prepared to move to independent living within 90 days will transition into our long-term temporary housing at Safe Harbour.

Upon arrival at the facility, emergency shelter residents become active in Safe Harbour’s supportive services program. A client services specialist assists them in accessing available community services.

The program endeavors to prepare residents for self-sufficiency and help them maintain an independent lifestyle that avoids the pitfalls of living from “crisis-to-crisis.”