Shelter to Independent Living

Program Mission

The mission of the Shelter to Independent Living Program is to mainstream homeless families and individuals back into permanent housing and the community through housing and budget counseling services. The program provides advocacy, education and accountability to empower those experiencing homelessness with the skills and disciplines necessary for self-sufficiency and to prevent recidivism back into homelessness.



The Shelter to Independent Living Program (STIL) helps families experiencing homelessness to find/maintain permanent housing and become self-sufficient through counseling, education and goal setting. Each year our counselors help over 200 families experiencing homelessness to make difficult life-changing steps on their journey to self-sufficiency and moving back into the community.


The goals of the program are for clients:

  • to find safe, affordable housing;

  • to receive housing supportive services case management after entering housing to help them maintain leases & keep expenses paid on time;

  • to learn the needed skills to take charge of money, save for future goals, reduce debt and improve credit.


During the program, clients will receive:

  • Education on rights & responsibilities as a tenant.

  • Budget counseling & protective payee services to help manage money.

  • Case management to help clients define individual goals for self-sufficiency & provide referrals when needed.



Tabor has rapidly re-housed families starting with the Shelter to Independent Living program which began as a pilot project in 1988 working with area churches to house and support two families experiencing homelessness. In 1990, Tabor applied for HUD Emergency Shelter Grant funds to start the STIL program in its current model, always housing families from shelters and the streets into permanent housing, helping them manage their money, and providing up to 12 months of intensive in-home supportive services to prevent recidivism back into homelessness. Since its inception STIL has housed thousands of households experiencing homelessness.

In the year 22017-2018:

  • 491 individuals in 223 households received housing stability case management to end their homelessness

Tabor Community Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information for Tabor Community Services, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.


Open: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

308 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Mailing Address: PO Box 1676, Lancaster, PA 17608-1676

Tel: 717-397-5182 | Fax: 717-399-4127

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Tabor Community Services is a HUD Appoved Agency
Tabor Community Services is a member of the NFCC
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