“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” - Maya Angelou

The Homeless Crisis in Seneca County


For many, homelessness is defined by the stereotypes fostered by popular culture and the media.  It tends to only portray homelessness as the most extreme cases often found in big cities. The homeless issue in Seneca County is not as visible or evident.  As a result, it frequently goes unnoticed by the general populace.



Families or individuals facing homelessness in Seneca County are frequently staying with relatives, friends, or in their cars.  They are there because one or more issues have caused them to lose their home.  These issues can vary greatly and can include situations like; loss of work due to injury, death of a loved one, mental health issues, and substance abuse issues.  Staying with relatives, friends, or acquaintances; however, is merely a short-term fix and not a permanent solution.



In looking for a solution many of these families or individuals seek assistance from various agencies such as the United Way’s First Call for Help program, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, the Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services, or one of the many charitable Foundations in Seneca County.  These families and individuals frequently are in search of assistance with rent or mortgage payments, utility assistance, and in many cases, basic needs like food and shelter. Unfortunately, the assistance that these programs, agencies, and foundations can provide is limited and tends to only delay homelessness, not prevent it.



Seneca County Council on Homelessness Board


The Transformation Life Center is a program of the Seneca County Council on Homelessness a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Board of Trustees approved Challie Briihl as the Executive Director in April of 2022. The Seneca County Council on Homelessness (SCCoH) is an organization comprised of passionate people from many areas in our community, some of whom have been working directly with the homeless crisis for years, and who are acutely aware of the needs that exist locally. 


This group brings together people who have been involved with the Seneca County Community Task Force as well as people from the former Seneca County Homeless Coalition. The ultimate goal of this group is to bring together community leaders, policymakers, business leaders, educators, as well as the faith community and the social service sector, all in an effort to create an effective and sustainable approach to the issue of homelessness in Seneca County.