Erie House

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services (OHS) serves, as the sole referral source for program participants deemed appropriate for Erie House House Emergency Housing program. Participants are screened through the standard OHS Intake Center process with additional questions and information collected as needed. Erie House serves single, adult women experiencing homelessness who are between the ages of 18 and 60+.  The average length of stay at this 26-capacity shelter is six months. Erie House provides support and a comprehensive array of services designed to shorten emergency housing stays and promote rapid movement to permanent housing.  

Erie House team members and partners:

  1. Provides Housing Focused Case Management (HFCS), which is critical to moving participants to permanent housing.  HFCS includes, but is not be limited to an assessment of participan housing and housing-related needs soon after they enter emergency housing, the development of an individualized housing plan that includes housing directed goals and timetables, assessment of other service needs and referrals to the appropriate resources, and regular and consistent follow-up.

  2. Timetables for completion of the goals are ambitious and coordinated with the 90-day target for movement to permanent housing.

  3. Provides an environment in which services and programmatic activities are designed to support participants in preparation for permanent housing.  

  4. Uses a program focus that addresses the needs of the participant to develop the skills necessary to transition to independence and permanent housing.


Erie House participants have access to an array of services that include skill building platforms, personal and character development opportunities, behavioral and physical health services, education, independent living preparation, permanency planning, and access to resources and community contacts.

Evidence-based programs at Erie House include:

  • Education Training (offered by the Office of Adult Education)

  • Structured leisure (evening and weekend) time

  • Employment Opportunities

  • Health Initiatives Offered by Temple University Medical Students

    • Wellness

    • Health Education

    • Resolving Medical Issues

  • Life Skills Development

    • Upkeep of home and surrounding property

    • Recovery

    • Overcoming and Concurring Barriers

    • Personal Appearance

    • Grooming

    • Personal Hygiene

    • Budgeting

  • Community Connections and Supportive Relationships

    • Familial Engagement and Involvement

    • Community Engagement and Involvement

    • Involvement with Local Civic, Cultural and Religious Institutions


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