Schuylkill County SAM Housing Assistance Programs

Permanent Supportive Housing

Individuals who live in a restrictive environment such as Danville State Hospital or a Community Residential Rehabilitation program have the option of applying for tenancy in a permanent supportive housing apartment. Tenants may remain in these apartments for an unlimited amount of time. A variety of professional supports are available to tenants but these supports are not mandated.

All applicants are promptly screened and referred to landlords, when appropriate, through a process that is managed by the SAM, Inc. Housing Supervisor and Housing Specialist.

Permanent supportive housing is available in the following locations:

Barefield Plaza Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments – The Barefield Plaza Apartments are located in center city Pottsville. Three fully furnished apartments are available.

Northwestern Human Services Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments – The Northwestern Human Services Apartments are located in a family based neighborhood in Pottsville. Three fully furnished apartments are available.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Specialist at 570-516-6567.

PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness)

A full time PATH case manager is available to assist individuals who have a mental health illness and are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Individuals who need assistance are not required to have written documentation of a mental health illness. Assistance may be provided to individuals who have written documentation of a mental health illness or who self-disclose a past or current mental health illness.

Two types of assistance are provided – financial assistance and support services. Individuals who have a mental health illness and are homeless or at risk of homelessness are eligible to receive financial assistance through PATH. Financial assistance is provided in a variety of ways including payments for first month's rent, apartment security deposit payments and the provision of basic household supplies and a bed, as needed. The PATH case manager provides a wide range of support services including such as assistance with apartment searches, helping individuals secure pertinent documents, connecting individuals with available support services and representing individuals at meetings with agencies, landlords and other entities.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Specialist at 570-573-6614.

Fast Track

Fast Track is a program that provides financial assistance with housing matters. Fast Track supports individuals who are enrolled in SAM, Inc. and have a case manager. When a SAM consumer is homeless or at risk of homelessness, Fast Track monies may be used in helping that consumer secure an apartment. If the team of professionals who are working with the consumer determine that the consumer needs assistance to move into an apartment, and that the consumer can then later pay his/her own housing expenses, then Fast Track becomes an option.

Decisions are expedited and are consistent based on the oversight of the Housing Supervisor.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Specialist at 570-573-6650.

Motel Vouchers

In certain cases, emergency housing is needed for individuals who have a mental health illness, or who are thought to have a mental health illness, and are homeless. Because there is no emergency homeless shelter in Schuylkill County, SAM, Inc. provides assistance for individuals who have a mental health illness, or who are thought to have a mental health illness, and are homeless by providing motel vouchers. Vouchers are short term solutions. While residing in a motel with an emergency voucher, SAM, Inc. staff quickly respond to the individual’s housing needs and work to move that individual into a more stable housing environment. 

Decisions are expedited and are consistent based on the oversight of the Housing Supervisor.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Specialist at 570-573-6650.

Supportive Services for Veterans Families 

SAM, Inc. works in partnership with Opportunity House, located in Reading, Pennsylvania, to provide housing assistance to veterans and their families in Schuylkill and Berks counties. The Supportive Services for Veterans Families grant provides staff and funding to assist veterans and their families when confronted with housing issues. Eligible participants must be a veteran or a member of a family where the head of household or spouse of the head of household is a veteran; the household income cannot exceed 50% of the area median income and participants must either be homeless or at risk of homelessness.

SAM, Inc.’s specific role is to provide referrals and assistance to veterans and their families who reside in Schuylkill County and who have a mental health illness. SAM, Inc. provides these services through our Housing Specialist who is our direct link to Opportunity House staff who are involved in the Supportive Services for Veterans Families grant.  This assistance may include, but is not limited to, intensive case management; rental assistance in the form of security deposits, first month’s rent or arrears; moving expenses; basic household necessities; child care expenses and assistance with utility payments.  All assistance is tailored to the individual’s specific needs.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Specialist at 570-516-6567.

LHOT (Local Housing Options Team)

The LHOT (Local Housing Options Team) is composed of local professionals who have an interest in housing matters, specifically housing matters related to individuals who have a mental health illness.

The SAM, Inc. Housing Director serves as the LHOT chair. Meeting attendance is strong and usually numbers in the twenties.

The LHOT meets regularly. Meeting agendas focus on current issues regarding housing matters related to individuals who have a mental health illness. One focus area of the LHOT is the federally mandated unsheltered Point-in-Time count. The purpose of the unsheltered Point-in-Time count is to search for and count individuals who are living on the street or in a structure not considered habitable by humans such as abandoned buildings. The LHOT serves as the coordinating body for the federally mandated unsheltered Point-in-Time count.

For additional information, please contact SAM's Housing Director at 570-573-6608.

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