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Do You Think You Know Who "Homeless People" Are?

Nov 17 2022 Erie, PA

The non-profit service "Harvest912" published an article giving the background of several of the homeless clients they have recently served, telling how those individuals became homeless. It is touching, enlightening and informative. Please read:

Complete Article ~

MHA IconWe Are

Apr 16 2021 Erie, PA

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work for The Mental Health Association of NW PA? Now is your time to apply! Available jobs and their descriptions may be found at:

Employment Opportunities ~

Please fill out the employment application:

Employment Application ~

and email it to or mail it to 1101 Peach St., Erie, PA 16501.

MHA IconRental Assistance
Is Needed in Erie

July 6 2021 Erie, PA

(Note: This article first appeared in the Opinion section of the Erie Times-News on June 25, 2021.)

As a certified peer specialist serving dual diagnosed individuals with substance abuse and mental health difficulties, I help people who are working to rebuild their lives for the better under challenging circumstances. Many of my peers have low-income or are reliant on a very small amount of public benefits. They must choose between buying enough food for their household and paying for needed health care services.

Among other important actions our government should take, it is time our elected leaders take action to support rental assistance. Pandemic aside, people in Erie need help. Too many people in Erie don't have the money to buy food, pay rent or pay for the health care they need. Benefits from Social Security, disability and food stamps are not enough to cover these basic costs. We need Pennsylvania to create new emergency rental assistance using funds from the American Rescue Plan. Rental assistance should provide support for case management, administration costs and rent.

Before I got to where I am today, I experienced housing instability. I remember how hard it was to make rent payments. My family and I had to move frequently. We even became homeless at one point. It took a long time to get on the list for housing support because the backlog was very large. I know firsthand how important more funding for housing support programs would be. It would mean the difference between not knowing where one will stay on a given night to having a place to rest and call home. Elected officials in Harrisburg should support rental assistance without delay.

Theresa Abbey
MHA Peer Support Team Leader

Theresa Abbey
Theresa Abbey

MHA IconAnnual

Feb 24 2022 Erie, PA

Our latest corporate Annual Report is available now.

MHANP Annual Report for 2020 ~

MHA IconPeer Support Program (PSP) Annual Report

Dec 16 2022 Erie, PA

We have published the 2022 annual report for our Peer Support Program (PSP) and make it available here:

Peer Support Program (PSP)Annual Report FY 2022 ~

MHA IconMHA Consumer
Recovery Center Hours

Aug 1 2022 Erie, PA

We are excited to share the new hours in the Consumer Center as of February 2nd, 2023.
The Consumer Center is now open on:

  • Monday: 9-3:45
  • Tuesday: 9-3:45
  • Wednesday: 10-3:45
  • Thursday: 9-3:45
  • Friday: 9-3:45
  • Saturday and Sunday- Closed

Please check out the Schedule of Activities for all the activities in the Consumer Center!

If you have any questions about the Consumer Center, please call 814-452-4462 x100.

Hope to see you soon!

St Patrick Haven IconMHA Will Host
Saint Patrick's Haven

Oct 19 2022 Erie, PA

A recent fire at Saint Patrick's Haven has made the facility unusable until repairs are completed. Mental Health Association has made available, a portion of their building that will be used to house the Saint Patrick's functions so they can immediately continue their mission of serving Erie's homeless population.

The tragic event occured in September that left the Haven in destitute condition and unable to house or serve it's clients. But now, the shelter temporarily has a new home. It is in operation out of the lower level of the Mental Health Association. All services are available as before, the only difference being the location.

Nami Erie County PA IconNAMI

Join NAMI of Erie County for a Peer Support Group. These weekly support groups are for adults with mental health challenges, who are looking to connect with others and better understand mental health and their journey to recovery.

Tuesday 2:00PM to 3:00PM
Begins Sept 13th
Mental Health Association
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814.456.1773
Email: NAMI of Erie County

Information Flyer ~

Nami Erie County PA IconNAMI of Erie County
names new Director

Aug 2 2022 Erie, PA

Wendy Jacobs PhotoWendy Jacobs is the new Executive Director of NAMI of Erie County. Wendy is an Erie native and graduate of Mercyhurst and Edinboro Universities. Wendy has over 24 years of experience working in mental health.

We welcome Wendy and look forward to continuing to work together for the benefit of our consumers.

View the recent on-line newsletter from NAMI of Erie County to see the recent programs and activities at NAMI.

NAMI Newsletter ~

Gannon U IconGannon Student
Thanks MHA

My name is Marley W. I am a senior Occupation Therapy student at Gannon University.

Gannon not only had the program that was best suited for me but also provided numerous opportunities for involvement on campus and in the community.

One of the most impactful experiences I have had was volunteer work with the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) in the Erie community. We spent the day at the Mental Health Association, connecting with the patients. We played pool, watched TV, built puzzles, and had life-changing conversations throughout the day. It was an overall amazing experience that allowed me to give back to the Erie community.

It is because of YOU that I am able to receive a unique GU experience while having the opportunity to serve others. On behalf of the student body, I would like to say thank you. Without you, many of these opportunities would not exist for me or my peers.

Your support impacts every Gannon student and allows them to excel in all aspects of their Gannon experience. Thank you!

MHA IconClothing and Item Donations
Remain On Hold

Apr 16 2021 Erie, PA

Please note we are still not accepting donations of any items, but we thank you for thinking of us during this time! Continue to check our Facebook page or call us at 814-452-4462 for updates regarding items needed when the time comes. If you are interested in purchasing items that benefit our peers and members, please consider purchasing items from our Amazon Wish List.

We encourage you to donate your clean and gently used clothing and houseware items to other local organizations including:

  • The Salvation Army—1209 Sassafras St.
  • EUMA's Rainbow Connection—1516 Buffalo Rd.
  • City Mission's Thrifty Shopper—2064 West 16th St.
  • Green Scene Thrift—1301 East Grandview Blvd.