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Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven

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Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven is a residential facility offering support and stable housing to men who were chronically homeless. Seeing the issue of homelessness first hand, downtown Harrisburg clergy worked alongside the City of Harrisburg, the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, and other government and social service agencies to develop the vision for SHSH. This coalition launched SHSH as a program of CCU in 2009 as a model of community collaboration.

Program Manager:
Krista Farah

Facility Location:
1805 N. 12th Street, Harrisburg, PA  17103 (GPS*)
phone: (717) 232-5029   |   fax: (717) 232-5091   |   e-mail:

Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven Building

Hours: This a secured, 24 hour residential facility. Visitation available by scheduled appointment only.

* Note: Due to a glitch, using the building address in many GPS systems causes an error. We are trying to get this corrected. However, the building is on the corner of N. 12th and Kelker Streets, so using this link for 1200 Kelker Street, 17103 will typically work correctly. When you turn off Cameron Street onto Kelker Street (a short, dead-end street), proceed to the end and Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven is the last building on the left.

Long-Term Housing

Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven (SHSH) offers long-term housing within a supportive community for up 25 formerly homeless men in Dauphin County.  The program was designed to help chronically homeless men—those living on the street for a year or more—who are also dealing with mental illness to get off the street.

Once in a safe, stable environment, they work on goals related to income, employment, life skills, physical and mental health, and in many cases, addiction. New residents live in dormitory style housing. Upon achievement of specific goals related to income and stability, they become eligible for one of ten private rooms. Over time, it is our goal to help men, when able, to move to their own apartment or other permanent housing, though there is no time limit on residence at SHSH.

Winter Overnight Safe Haven (WOSH)

For many years, churches in downtown Harrisburg opened their doors as an overnight sleeping space to persons living on the street. As part of the building and program design of SHSH, a community room was included where men can sleep in a warm, dry space each winter from December 1 through March 31. The program is mostly staffed by volunteers from area churches and civic groups with support from SHSH staff.

Program Eligibility

Long-Term Housing

  • Documentation of chronic homelessness (typically meaning homeless for a year or more)
  • Documentation of mental health diagnosis

Contact Program Director Krista Farah, at (717) 232-5029 or to discuss specific cases and documentation requirements.

Winter Overnight Safe Haven

  • Men accepted on walk-in first come first serve basis each evening Dec. 1-Mar. 31. Doors open at 8pm and close at 10pm.

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