Social Services Department

The Social Services Department of the Housing Authority of the City of York (YHA) would like to welcome you home. We offer a wide range of programs and services to assist and enhance the life opportunities and self-sufficiency efforts of the individuals and families residing in Wellington Homes, Codorus Homes, Parkway Homes, Broad Park Manor, York Towne House, Stony Brook Manor, Springfield Apartments and Fairmont Village; we also offer supportive services to our Tax Credit Sites: Waverly Court & Village Court.

The Social Service Department is a resource center for all residents in our Public Housing programs throughout York County. Services are thoughtfully designed to address the specific needs of household members of all ages and abilities. We provide a variety of resources and support to residents with the goal of increasing independence and self-sufficiency. These services include but are not limited to referrals to partnering agencies, assistance with obtaining food and paying for utilities, eviction, child care, completing forms/applications, job search and community service assistance, social, medical health and mental health assistance services, literacy and education, job training, youth activities, holiday activities and assistance to resident organizations. The Housing Authority has partnered with several community organizations to provide their expertise and offer continuum of services.

YHA also offers a Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS). Participation generally lasts five (5) years, during which participants identify educational, professional and personal goals. The FSS program involves goal setting, mentoring and financial incentives to empower families in making positive life changes. As a part of YHA’s FSS program, participants work with their Case worker to develop a plan that outlines specific activities needed to achieve their economic self-sufficiency goals. As participants achieve employment goals and increase household income from wages, their rent increases. An amount equitable to the monthly rent increase is set aside each month into an escrow savings account. When participants meet all of their goals and graduate from the program, they are eligible to receive a payout of the escrow accrued during their participation.

Our offices are located at 31 S. Broad Street, York, PA 17403 Phone: 717-845-2601

Programs offered to Section 8 and Public Housing Residents:

Family Self-Sufficiency

Section 8 Homeownership Program

Resident Initiatives Coordinating Efforts

Budget Counseling

Wellness Center

Neighborhood Networks

Community Partners

Meet Your Social Services Staff

Ellen Carter is the Resident Initiatives Coordinator for Wellington, Codorus, Parkway and the Service Coordinator for Waverly Court. She works with management and residents to support the formation and continued effectiveness of the Resident Council. Resident Council meetings are held monthly in each neighbourhood. Ellen also assists the Resident Council with special activities such as National Night Out, Food Bank Drive, community events, guest speakers and safety, crime and prevention initiatives. Please join her at your neighbourhood meeting to learn more about resident activities and how you can get involved. Ellen can be reached at 717-845-2601, ext. 1115 or by email at

Sherry Fonseca is the Public Housing and HCV Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program Coordinator. The purpose of the program is to assist residents in attaining economic stability while providing a financial incentive to do so. Sherry assists residents in public housing and Section 8 to achieve their self sufficiency goals such as education, job training, transportation, and budgeting, through individualized case management and monetary inducements.   The length of the FSS contract is five years.  Sherry can be reached at 717-845-2601, ext. 1301 or by e-mail at s

Debbie Thomas is a Social Worker/Case Manager; she provides assistance with DPW, Social Security, and Medicare issues, Rent Rebates, in home health care, counselling and group therapies, re-certifications, cell phone programs, and many other services to residents of  Stony Brook Manor, Fairmont Apartments, Fairmont Village, Fielding Way, York Towne House, Springfield, Springfield Scattered Sites, Parkway, and Broad Park Manor. Debbie can be reached at  717-845-2601, ext.  1105 or by e-mail at