ECHOS addresses the numerous needs of community members by providing linkages to services and information that will strengthen individuals and families in our community. ECHOS assists individuals to navigate through a complex system and acts as a focal point to increase services, benefits and empower individuals to self-resolve their needs.
Prevention & Diversion
We focus on preventing homelessness with a diversion strategy that prevents homelessness for people seeking shelter by helping them identify immediate alternate housing arrangements and, when necessary, connecting them with services and financial assistance to help them return to permanent housing.
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.
Coordinated Assessment (CHART)
For all individuals and families experiencing homelessness, ECHOS provides an assessment and intake to determine appropriate interventions to aid them in their next steps. ECHOS Chart is a collaboration with Lancaster City Services to provide effective assessments locally without the burden of traveling to the city.
Rapid Re-Housing Interventions
We provide intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. This time-sensitive, short-term intervention assists eligible individuals and families to get back on their feed.
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.