Immediate Safety Concerns
If you have an imminent safety concern for yourself or for someone else, please do not hesitate to use one of the resources below:
Safe to Say: 1-844-723-2729; www.safe2saypa.org or use the Safe2Say mobile app
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1(800)273-8255.The lifeline is available 24/7 for individuals in crisis as well as providing resources
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. This is a free and confidential service for anyone that is needing to talk to someone, particularly through text. This text line is also available 24/7.
The TALK Line: This is a 24/7 crisis and counseling phone line for parents and caregivers with children under the age of 18 to seek support, referrals, or connect with someone to who will listen - Call (415)441-5437 (KIDS).
National Domestic Violence Hotline: To access this 24/7 hotline, you can call 1(800)799-7233. If you are unable to speak safely, you can also text LOVEIS to 22522 or log onto thehotline.org.
Lancaster County Crisis Intervention: Crisis Intervention is a 24-hour emergency mental health service provided for persons experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal or homicidal thoughts. Crisis Intervention staff can assist in assessing what a person needs to alleviate the immediate crisis and then link them to the appropriate services.
Call (717) 394-2631.
Homelessness & Families in Transition
The Columbia Borough School District seeks to ensure educational stability and success for homeless students. CBSD will ensure that homeless students have access to the same educational programs and services provided to other district students.
Definition of Homeless Students
Sharing the house of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship.
Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds to due lack of alternative adequate accommodations
Living in emergency, transitional or domestic violence shelters.
Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings.
Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
Living as runaway children
Abandoned or forced out of homes by parents/guardians or caretakers.
Unaccompanied youth, defined as any child not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian
Student Rights Provided by McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Immediate school enrollment
Enroll in the local school where they are living, or remain in their original school.
Receive transportation to their original school, if requested.
Receive free breakfast and lunch.
Columbia Borough School District will work with students defined as homeless to remove barriers that may prevent them from receiving educational services. Anyone who feels their child may qualify as homeless should contact Brittany Kelley, Homeless Liaison at 717-684-7500 x3515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and Resources:
Additional Information on Homeless Education
The primary role of the Home and School Visitor is to help families access school and community resources such as:
Basic economic needs
Dental and vision referrals
CHIP and MA applications
Community and agency referrals
Assistance to those who are, or may soon be experiencing homelessness