Our Partners are the Foundation
of all we do
The partners that make up the Lancaster County Homelessness Coalition provide capacity to deliver a diversity of services to address the spectrum of needs for those who are experiencing homelessness. We share a common goal of a sustained, safe, and quality home for all who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Lancaster County.
Together, we have become one of the nation’s leading communities in the fight against homelessness. Together Lancaster can win this fight to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Our Partners extend across a range of service offerings:
Homelessness Service Providers
The homelessness services provider agencies serve our Lancaster County neighbors who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness with respect and dignity and empower them to strive and reach their objectives.
We are able to increase our impact helping those who experience homelessness or are at risk of homelessness through a funded partnership currently made up of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the County of Lancaster, United Way Lancaster County, Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and City of Lancaster.
With additional support from donors who allow us to fund special projects we are able to provide innovative prevention work. Through our partnerships, we are working together making positive changes for our Lancaster community.
The Office for the Coalition coordinates, applies for, manages, and monitors numerous grants which are awarded to local partner agencies, providing housing and human services to individuals and families experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Community Service Organizations
Lancaster County demonstrates a strong desire to be collaborative, bettering the lives of its residents. Local non-profits, coalitions, community benefit organizations, faith-based organizations/churches, and local government agencies support this work, deepening impact in our community. Partners work to build equity across the community for those who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. LCHC partners with these organizations to work toward greater housing affordability and more housing opportunities, holistic human.
Emergency services partners protect the Lancaster County Community by upholding the laws and keeping people safe. LCHC helps these partners alleviate our clients’ interactions with their services and reduce service calls. LCHC partners with these organizations to keep people experiencing homelessness safe.
Several communities have organized to provide services to a specific geographical area, providing a variety of social services to those specific communities. Their services include but are not limited to food/feeding programs, financial literacy, health education, education/employment programs, youth services, medical/dental services, mental health services, substance use services, emergency shelter, case management, emergency funds, and housing support.
Education and Employment
LCHC supports the county's school districts by working alongside the schools to understand and work to resolve student homelessness in each community. LCHC works to support the district's efforts as they are often the face of work in communities. Helping support their efforts leads to deeper collaboration, innovation, and identification within each district. Connecting districts to their communities leads to local solutions tailored to each area.
Our medical partners are concerned for the welfare of high need and under resourced patients experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. LCHC supports these partners by working towards a shared language around serving under-resourced individuals holistically, including how the community interacts with medical services. Understanding the social determinants of health, LCHC helps to provide education, identify gaps, and improve the service delivery system for individuals with medical complexities to help improve their long term stability and success. The ultimate goal is to improve the health outcomes and qualities of individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness but supporting a client centered approach.
The affordable housing partners work toward building or funding more affordable housing for low to moderate-income households in Lancaster County. Additional affordable housing units assist people experiencing homelessness exit into permanent housing and those at risk of homelessness stay in sustainable housing.