What We Do
The Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness operates under The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 25:
"Everyone has the: right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
Working with our partners and the Lancaster County community, we have initiated efforts that we believe can end homelessness in our county within the next ten years.
Our Strategic Approach to Ending Homelessness
Our Housing First approach empowers individuals and families by providing a safe, permanent home, along with the ongoing support they need to sustain it.
Instead of focusing our efforts on providing temporary shelter for the homeless, LCCEH works to:
- Intervene to prevent evictions
- Find alternative homes, instead of temporary shelter, for those being evicted
- Move those who end up homeless or in shelters to permanent homes as quickly as possible.
This three-pronged Housing First approach has allowed us to provide support for more than 6 times as many people, while the rates of recurring and chronic homelessness continue to decline.
Evidence from other programs across the United States and in our local community clearly demonstrates that moving individuals and families directly to permanent housing is the most successful method to end homelessness.
Lancaster County's Heading Home 10 Year Plan
Our focus is to change the local service system from one that manages homelessness to one that ends homelessness through the Housing First method.
Assisting people to quickly regain housing when they first become homeless and assisting them to achieve long term stability and self-sufficiency.
Join our initiative to end homelessness in Lancaster County. Find out how you can help today!