Centre House is not just a place to stay, but a way to a better place. Centre House provides shelter and food to clients who are experiencing homelessness or in crisis, but also guidance to reach a more stable housing future. Residents must be over the age of 18 unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or legally emancipated. The Centre House shelter is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There is no charge to stay at Centre House.
Our philosophy is that housing issues and basic needs emergencies result from a variety of personal crises and a lack of intervention resources. Housing Transitions seeks to provide effective services that promote positive change for those willing to accept the challenges and opportunities necessary to achieve a more independent and self-sufficient lifestyle.
In addition to setting goals for housing, the Centre House Case Manager works with each individual or family to set objectives for additional needs like employment, child care services, mental health and addiction referrals, and education and skill acquisition. Clients regularly review progress with the Centre House Case Manager and each resident is expected to work toward their goals and make progress during their stay.
While staying at the shelter:
All adult clients complete an interview process prior to determination of eligibility. Individuals convicted of or charged with a violent crime, a crime of a sexual nature, or a crime involving the sale
or distribution of drugs are not deemed eligible for residential services.
Residents have access to a full kitchen and food; any allergies or other dietary needs can be accommodated
Residents are provided with all necessary toiletries and linens, including towels, bedding, and personal items.
Residents have access to Case Managers who help identify needs and meet goals through clear plans and concrete steps.
Residents are responsible for daily housekeeping chores.
Residents have their own mailbox during their stay at Centre House.
Residents may use the house washer and dryer.
The shelter focuses on accommodating Centre County residents and does not provide relocation services.
The shelter does not provide financial assistance. However, the Case Manager assists residents with calls to other agencies, churches, etc. to put together a package for first month rent and/or security deposit, medication, or other substantial needs.
Rules and Responsibilities
Each resident is expected to follow all Centre House rules and to work with the Centre House Case Manager daily. Dismissal may occur if a client is in repeated violation of rules, refuses to work with the staff, or breaks a rule for which immediate exit is required.
Use of drugs, alcohol, or illegal substances while staying at the shelter is strictly prohibited.
Lewd, aggressive, promiscuous behavior and/or language, discriminatory slurs or not returning to the shelter by 11p.m. without notice to staff may result in immediate exit from the program.
The Case Manager will provide the resources or referral for services in order to be successful in this program and find stable housing upon exit. The shelter provides a phone for residents to use to make employment and housing calls.
Shelter program for men, women and children with their parent or guardian
Call (814) 237-5508 day or night
Located at 217 East Nittany Avenue in State College