ECHOS’ first steps when interacting with clients are prevention and diversion. Trained staff take the necessary steps to help individuals and families avoid homelessness and obtain proper resources and care. Programs with a prevention focus include: Eviction Prevention (supports to avoid eviction), the School’s First Initiative (family assistance for those in the EASD), and LGH referrals (direct referrals from local medical providers).
Emergency Winter Shelter
ECHOS oversees the Elizabethtown Winter Shelter located in Community Place on Washington Complex, 53 E. Washington Street, Elizabethtown. This is a low-barrier seasonal shelter providing a safe, warm place for individuals with as few regulations as possible. The Winter Shelter is dependent upon community volunteers that provide a number of roles including overnight stays.
ECHOS utilizes CHART (Community Homeless Assessment & Referral Team) to determine eligibility for various housing programs, allowing staff to offer additional housing programs across a continuum of care. Programs included on this continuum include: Pathways to MyHome (rent subsidization), Bridge House 90 (crisis housing), and our Permanent Supportive Housing program (long term transitional housing). For all housing programs, clients are enrolled with professional social workers who use evidence-based practices to provide external supports such as advocacy and financial counseling needed to obtain independent housing.
Community Support Services
In addition to housing programs, ECHOS provides additional community support in the form of advocacy, education, training, and assistant services. These supports include:
- Case advocacy
- Enrichment Services
- Crisis Counseling with EASD
- Community Education: trauma informed care, resiliency training, awareness
- Employment Assistance: resume building, job skills
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Donation Center: furnishings and furniture
We serve alongside numerous stellar organizations in addressing the needs of our community members and serve as a part of the leadership team of the Elizabethtown Area HUB, a United Way of Lancaster County Collective Impact Partner. Together we assess circumstances from a systems perspective, being mindful of the person in the situation and the setting in the community.