Greene County Housing and Family Resources
Department of Human Services for Greene County Contact Persons: Amy Switalski, Housing and Family Resources Director
and Karen Bennett, Fair Housing Officer
Fort Jackson Building, 3rd Floor
19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5276 / Fax: 724-852-5368
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., MondayFriday
What Housing Services are Available in Greene County:
Greene County Human Services Department offers a full continuum of housing services. The Philosophy of the County is to keep people housed whenever possible and if they become homeless, to assist them to move to permanent housing. Our programs serve the following:
Persons at risk of homelessness
Persons with Behavioral Health (Mental Health and Drug Alcohol) Issues
Low Income families and individuals
Families involved with Children and Youth
Persons with Special Needs and/ or Disabilities
Youth in transition
Person involved in the Criminal Justice System
The Greene County Housing Program continuum of services includes the following services that are described in more detail below:
Intake and Assessment
To access any of these housing services, contact:
Housing Outreach Specialist Fort Jackson Building (3rd Floor) 19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5276/ Fax: 724-852-5368 Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Outreach, Intake and Assessment:
Our goal is to locate persons and families in our community that have a housing need to identify and engage the homeless population of Greene County.
Each client requesting our services, completes a standardized housing needs assessment. The client is then referred to a program along our continuum of care for which he/she is eligible and best fits his/her needs.
For any outreach, assessment and intake services please contact:
Greene County Housing Program Fort Jackson Building (3rd Floor) 19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5276/ Fax: 724-852-5368 Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Greene County Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness: (G-PATH)
PATH services are for people with serious mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders, who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. PATH services include community-based outreach, mental health, substance abuse, case management and other support services, as well as a limited set of housing services.
For more information, click here to view the GPATH Brochure.
Homeless prevention programs are designed to assist low- income individuals and families who have not yet become homeless and who meet HUD's definition of persons who are at imminent risk, or at risk, of homelessness.
Please click here for HUD’s regulations and descriptions. The following services are available for preventing homelessness:
The Greene County Housing Program Case Management Services main focus is to utilize existing programs and resources to assist the individual to achive the goals set forth with his/her case manager. These services are able to provide general case management and can also help with clients that do not have a current caseworker in another area such as Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol.
The case manager will provide a blend of assessment and coordination services.
Greene County Housing Program: The Housing Assistance Program (HAP) utilizes funds to help prevent homelessness. These funds may provide financial assistance to pay first month's rent, back rent and or essential utilities.
Funds are available specifically for low income households, Mental Health Consumers, or those that are involved with Greene County Children and Youth Services. Please click here for the HAP Brochure.
County Assistance Office:
Funds are available through the CAO to assist families and individuals who are homeless or near homeless and who need assistance in order to: prevent eviction/foreclosure, obtain permanent housing/temporary shelter. Please click on the following link to view the website: Emergency Shelter Allowance
The purpose of the Rapid Re-Housing Program is to assist individuals and families who are already homeless to obtain permanent housing that is affordable and stable. This includes individuals who qualify under the definition of homeless as issued in the HUD regulations and description of eligible participants outlined in the guidelines.
Greene County Human Services Rapid Rehousing--Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG): Provides rapid rehousing financial assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services for Veterans, Criminal Justice, Single Individuals 21-25 and Families. Please click here for the ESG Brochure.
The Greene County Housing Program makes referrals to short term shelters and emergency shelters when homeless persons seeking our services and have no other housing options. Referrals are made based on the individuals/ family’s needs and shelter availability. All shelters are time limited.
Greene County Human Services: provides individuals with no other housing options a place to stay for a limited time based on eligibility.
Salvation Army: Persons or families who need emergency shelter assistance after 4 PM on Monday-Friday or over the weekend, can visit the Waynesburg Borough Police Station for assistance or call 724-627-8113 (Wbg Boro Police).
Safe Haven (Mental Health & Drug/Alcohol):1-724-229-0408
Family Shelter: 1-724-229-4306
Avis Arbor (Women):1-724-228-1804
Washington City Mission (Men): 1-724-222-8530
Family Promise: 1-724-229-1129
Bartlett House: 1-304-292-0101
Whitehill Place - Connect, Inc.: This program provides supportive housing (single unit) for up to eighteen months for homeless individuals in six apartments in Waynesburg. It is designed to allow persons to live as independently as possible. Guests are required to pay 30% of their gross income as a services fee.
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH): Provides housing (single and family units) within the city limits of Waynesburg for homeless persons with disabilities. Guest are required to pay 30% of their gross income as a services fee.
Ashley Bishop of Waynesburg, "who has courageously dealt with mental health issues for most of her young life, found that spending time in a family shelter may have actually saved her life" (Jon Stevens / Observer-Reporter, 4/23/2013 ed.)
Shelter Plus Care (SPC): This program provides rental assistance (single and family units) anywhere within the Greene County limits for hard-to-serve homeless persons with disabilities in connection with supportive service funded from sources outside the program. The leases for these apartments as well as the utilities are in the guest’s name. The guests are required to pay 30% of their gross income as a service fee as well as their utilities, however, the guests are given a utility allowance which is deducted from this fee.
Master Leasing for Individuals with Criminal Justice Involvement: The Master Leasing Program provides housing (single units) within the city limits to homeless persons with a forensic background. Guests are required to pay 40% of the rental amount, which increases in increments until the guest is able to take over the apartment rental without assistance. Appropriate support services are provided to enable the guest to live independently, promote positive life-style changes, increase skill levels and self-sufficiency. A criminal justice case manager is actively involved with the clients in the Master Leasing Program.
HUD Subsidized Housing: The following properties are all owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the County of Greene. To access any of these properties, you must apply to:
Housing Authority of the County of Greene PO Box 791, Waynesburg, PA 15370 Phone: 724-627-6523
1. Avalon Court: 170 East Greene Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
2. Grandview Apartments: Grandview Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370
3. Liberty Avenue: behind McCracken’s Pharmacy, Waynesburg, PA 15370
4. Thompson Gardens: 5th & Walnut Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
5. Southside: Elm, Rich Hill & Walnut Alley, Waynesburg, PA 15370
6. Wayne Village: West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 1537-
7. Woodland Avenue Apartments: Woodland Avenue, Waynesburg, PA 15370
8. Woodside Manor: 522 P South & Renehart, Carmichaels, PA 15320
*A=Adults | OA= Older Adults | F=Families | PWD=People with a Disability
Private Subsidized Housing:
The following properties are owned and operated by different private companies. To access these properties you must apply separately to each property at the address or phone number listed below:
1. Bridge Street Commons: 600 Bridge Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (724-627-4145) 30 (1-bedroom) apartments, 62+ older or 18+ with a disability that requires an accessible unit:
2. Carmichaels Arbors: Arbor Apartment #76, Carmichaels, PA 15320 (724-966-7321 or 724-966-5860):
3. Cedarwood Apartments: 403 Cedarwood Drive, Carmichaels, PA 15320 (724-866-5860):
All services and programs offered by the Greene County Housing Program are available to Greene County Veterans who meet the eligibility for the specific program. In addition there is Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing services through the Emergency Solutions Grant, that are specifically targeted to Greene County veterans. A Housing Specialist from the program is available to meet with the veteran to determine eligibility and make appropriate referrals.
Greene County Housing Coalitions:
Greene County Housing Options Partnership (GCHOP):
Mission: The Greene County Housing Options Partnership (GCHOP) unites a number of key housing stakeholders to provide education, compile information and to identify housing needs. The goal is to develop and promote housing resources for all residents, including those who are homeless, near-homeless, elderly or with behavioral health needs.
Purpose: Once housing needs are identified, the members of GCHOP collaboratively and through their own agencies implement the mission by: Exploring housing options, Securing funding streams, and developing suitable housing.
Meetings: are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 10:00 AM, in the Fort Jackson Building (3rd Floor), Large Conference Room at 19 S. Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA.
The goal of the Housing Team is to expand affordable housing opportunities for families and individuals including those with special needs such as seniors, homeless and persons with disabilities.
Description of the housing Team's Initiatives:
Permanent Housing for the Homeless
Nursing Home Transition
Permanent Housing for Special Needs Populations
Greene County Landlord Outreach:
Greene County Housing Program meets with local landlords to address ways of expanding affordable and accessible housing opportunities in the County for households with low income and special needs.
For more information about on how to become involved in this meeting, please contact Amy Switalski at 724-852-5276.
Housing Rehabilitation Program:
The goal of the Greene County Housing Rehabilitation Program is to provide safe and adequate housing for low- and moderate- income Greene County residents.
To be eligible, the applicant must meet the income guidelines, own the residence and the property upon which it sets, occupy the residence and have all current taxes paid. To meet this program goal, Greene County will adhere to Section 8 Housing Quality Standards (HQS). The value of the applicant’s residence may not exceed the FHA 203(b) limits. Eligible Greene County residents may receive a grant of not less than $1,000 or more than $25,000. Applicants are placed on a waiting list on a first-come, first-serve basis once the application and required information is received.
Packaging USDA Rural Development Section 502/504 Direct Loans and Grants provide eligible persons the same opportunity to buy or build a decent, safe and sanitary dwelling or to provide assistance to very low-income owners of modest single-family homes in rural areas, for home improvements to remove health and safety hazards or to make a home accessible for household members with disabilities.
Application Package: To download a copy of the Application Package, see the following documents. These documents should be printed in the order listed. For more information, contact Richard Davis at 724-852-5267.
Print the Complete Application Package (27 pages/1.73 MB).
Mar. 28, 2013 Officials Mark Opening of Transitional Housing Apartments:
Local and state officials today joined the Greene County Department of Human Services in celebrating the recent opening of Whitehill Place, transitional housing apartments located in Waynesburg Borough.
Numerous public officials and representatives from the project’s affiliated agencies, funders and contractor attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony held today at the housing apartments’ location at 189 E. High St. in Waynesburg.
"Everyone here had a puzzle piece that was used to put together the beautiful picture of Whitehill Place," said Karen Bennett, Greene County human services administrator.
The 203-year-old building — which was purchased by the County in December 2010 and fully renovated by Waller Corp. beginning in May 2012 — now contains six single-occupancy apartments for individuals left temporarily homeless. Continue reading...
Pictured at the ribbon-cutting ceremony are, front row, from l. to r., Karen Bennett, Greene County human services administrator, and Brian A. Hudson, Sr., executive director and CEO, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency; second row, Greene County Commissioners Archie Trader and Blair Zimmerman and state Rep. Pam Snyder; back row, Shar Whitmire, director of provider relations, Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania; Ed Geiger, director, Center for Community Financing, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Jeff Widdup, investment officer, First Federal Savings and Loan of Greene County; state Sen. Tim Solobay; John Bendel, director of community investment, Federal Home Loan Bank; Valerie Vicari, director, Division of Western Operations, Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; and Greene County Commissioner Chuck Morris.
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Habitat for Humanity: Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Find your Local Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer, a ReStore, or attend a Habitat event in your community.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program: A program based on property taxes or rent paid the previous calendar year for eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.
Nursing Care Facility Locator: Provides information about location, licensure status, number of beds and payment options for nursing facilities throughout the state.