Emergency Shelters

Housing Transitions (Centre House), https://housingtransitions.org/

Housing Transitions is an independent, non-0profit organization providing housing programs and supportive services to those in need throughout Centre County.(814) 237-5508 - 24 hours/day. The mission of Housing Transitions is to assist families and individuals achieve a more independent lifestyle by providing a continuum of effective and well-managed housing related services. Ultimately, Housing Transitions strives to end homelessness in Centre County.


           - Family Shelter

           - Other services provided:

           - Rapid Rehousing

           - Permanent Supportive Housing/Bridge

           - Case Management for those in the Shelter

           - Sister program: THF

  217 East Nittany Avenue, PO Box 1391, State College, PA 16804   

 (814) 237-5508 – 24 hours / day

 (814) 237-4863 – office

 (814) 237-7480 – fax

 Out of the Cold, https://www.outofthecoldcc.org/

Out of the Cold is a community supported organization that answers the call to serve those experiencing homelessness in our community by providing shelter, food, and support services during the transition to permanent housing. 


  •  Low Barrier Shelter
  •  Does not accept anyone under the age of 18
  •  Provides case management to those staying in the shelter
  •  Has a day shelter
  •  Does not accept out of county residents

The day shelter and resource center is open 8am - 7pm and is located at 318 South Atherton Street in State College, PA. Our night shelter operates from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Individuals seeking overnight shelter should register by 8 p.m.

 To register, call 814-852-8864. If there is no answer, please leave a message and the on-call staff will return your call.


Centre Safe, https://www.centresafe.org/

It is the mission of Centre Safe to empower survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking and to work toward the elimination of such violence.


            - Provide shelter to those fleeing domestic violence

            - Prioritizes Centre County residents

            - Rapid rehousing funding

            - Transitional housing program

State College Office:

  140 West Nittany Avenue, State College, PA 16801

  Business Phone: 814-238-7066 

  Fax: 814-238-4449

  Email: centresafe@centresafe.org

  Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Bellefonte Office:

 To schedule an appointment at our Bellefonte office, please call 1-877-234-5050 during business hours, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

 For immediate assistance, please call our hotline 1-877-234-5050.

Business Phone: 814-355-6477

Email is not a secure and confidential form of communication. For more information see our Internet Safety page or call our 24-hour hotline at 814-234-5050 or toll-free at 1-877-234-5050.

Youth Service Bureau (YSB) Burrowes Street Youth Haven Shelter, https://ccysb.com/

The Burrowes Street Youth Haven serves youth 12-17 who are homeless, runaway, or at risk of running away or becoming homeless due to difficulties within their homes. Youth are welcome to access the shelter whenever they need a safe place to stay, day or night. Caring, professional counselors are at the shelter 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide assistance for both residential or drop-in care. Young adults can drop by for a snack, a meal, a shower, or to talk to staff. When family issues prevent youth from living at home they can stay at the shelter.

334 S. Burrowes Street, State College, pa

 (814) 234-2100

YSB Supportive Independent Living, https://ccysb.com/ 

 Provides help to young adults 16-21 who are homeless and without family support. Young people live in supervised apartments in the community while they are continuing their education or finding and maintaining employment. With the goal of becoming self-sufficient, youth work with staff to learn life skills such as budgeting, cooking, nutrition, and social skills that will help them form connections with others and be independent. Youth living in the community also have access to independent living skills coaching and workshops.

 (814) 237- 5731

Community Support


24/7/365, Free Service, Confidential

VISPDAT: A homelessness assessment completed by a 211 worker. 

to be eligible to complete the VISPDAT:

           - You must be 14 days or less from immanent homelessness - Couch surfing - Catagory 2 homelessness                       "literally homless" Category 1 homelessness

           - If you are not within this time frame, they will give you housing referrals in your area and tell you to call                       back. The most common referral given is Adult Services

This can be completed by Tyler at Housing Transitions: twolfe@housingtransitions.org (814) 237-4865

What 211 makes you eligible for:

         - Rapid rehousing

         - Permanent supportive housing

        - If Housing Transitions has an opening, you must be on this list to obtain any openings

Rental Assistance in the Community

Centre Helps: 814-237-5855

  - Basic Needs Case Management

  - Recently received a grant to assist Ferguson Township residents with rent.

  - Drug and alcohol funding to work with those struggling with addiction.

BHARP: Ronna Tipton rtipton@bharp.org

  - Last resort rental and utility assistance

  - Must have Medical Assistance to be eligible for this program

  - Funding cap: $2500.00 in a three-year period

  - Case Managers/Housing Program Specialists can complete the referral

Local Churches

ERAP: Adultservices@centrecountypa.gov Phone: 814-355-6768 Prompt 1

RAP; Phone: 814-355-6768 Prompt 2 

Adult Services

ERAP: https://centrecountypa.gov/2191/Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program-ERAP

Homemaker Services: https://centrecountypa.gov/893/Homemaker-Services 

Housing: https://centrecountypa.gov/313/Housing

          - Emergency Housing/ Homelessness

          - Homeless and Near Homeless (Eviction)

          - Bridge Housing

          - Rapid Re-Housing

          - Section 811 Housing

 Housing Resource Guide: https://centrecountypa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5045/Housing-Resource-Guide-Final?bidId=

 Housing Resource List: https://centrecountypa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5046/62021--Housing-List-w-tracking-sheet?bidId=

 Case Management: https://centrecountypa.gov/892/Case-Management