If you’re in trouble and don’t know where else to start, this section can help. A wide variety of assistance is available here, and if an organization cannot help, they’ll point you in the direction of someone who can. See also Consumer Protection, Heating Assistance, Mental Health, and Shelters.
AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY
COUNTY ASSISTANCE OFFICES
33 Westminster Drive, Carlisle
2432 N. Seventh St., Harrisburg
832 Manor St., Lancaster
625 S. Eighth St., Lebanon
100 Centre Drive, New Bloomfield
130 N. Duke St., York
CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES (Dauphin County)
24-hour emergency mental health services.
100 Chestnut St., Harrisburg
CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES (Cumberland/Perry counties)
Provides psychiatric or mental health emergency assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Camp Hill area
503 N. 21st St. Camp Hill
45 Spring Dr. Carlisle
All other areas
HELP MINISTRIES OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES UNITED
Emergency services include food referrals, emergency shelter, rent assistance, home heating fuel, PPL assistance, travel and prescription assistance, and clothing referrals.
413 S. 19th Street, Harrisburg
JOIN HANDS MINISTRY
A collaborative community outreach program providing direction, intervention and support to persons facing a variety of daily living challenges in Perry County.
51 S. Church St., New Bloomfield
Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Hotline
Offers financial help to households suffering from heating crises.
Can apply for benefits online at www.compass.state.pa.us
NATIONAL COALITION FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
Resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans.
877-424-3838 (24/7 crisis hotline)
NEW DIGS MINISTRY
Assists those who are disadvantaged when making life’s most sensitive decisions. Need a referral.
Open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday; and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. second Saturday of month.
5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg
NEW HOPE MINISTRIES
Provides a variety of assistance for families in the Dillsburg, Dover, Hanover, Mechanicsburg, New Oxford and the West Shore.
99 W. Church St., Dillsburg (administrative office)
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
PENNSYLVANIA MILITARY FAMILY RELIEF ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members. Eligible members must have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The amount of a grant is based on documented financial need up to a maximum of $3,500.
PENNSYLVANIA TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
PERRY HUMAN SERVICES
VICKIE’S ANGEL FOUNDATION
Helps families fighting cancer who have difficulties paying their bills during the challenging times of undergoing cancer treatments.
511 Bridge St., New Cumberland