Individuals and households seeking emergency shelter assistance may apply through the online application provided below. All applicants will be processed and responded to within 24-48hrs of completing the pre-screening. Applicants may also apply via phone call to the shelter, but no walk up admissions are accepted. Once the application has been processed, shelter admissions are scheduled Monday-Friday between 10am-7pm, by shelter staff, for those who are deemed shelter eligible.
On March 2, 2015, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown officially opened its homeless shelter at 899 Bedford St. in Johnstown. The Martha & Mary House operates as the emergency shelter provider for residents of Cambria County who are actively experiencing homelessness.
The shelter can accommodate up to 15 individuals and/or families, and allows residents to remain in the shelter for a maximum of 30days.
Admission requirements to stay at the Martha and Mary Shelter are listed below for your reference.
“We know that sometimes home can be unsafe and complicated. We are here to give you a space to rest, heal and build a better future story for yourself.”
In addition to offering a safe location to sleep and in shelter facilities to accommodate residents daily necessities, the Martha & Mary House helps individuals to create structured service plans to help in guiding residents back into permanent supportive housing within the community:
- Individual case managers to help facilitate permanent housing placement
- Internet access to help with job searches, resume writing and online service assistance applications.
- Coordination of internal and external services through collaboration with the local community services network.
- A physical address, required when applying for SNAP benefits
The Martha and Mary House is an ambitious and much-needed project that would not be possible without the many individuals, organizations, businesses, and churches of various denominations that have provided generous financial support to keep our doors open. Ongoing community support and collaboration with the localized health and human services network is necessary to sustain the shelter and accommodate the diverse needs of those who it serves.