Next Door

nextdoorOn  July 3, 2017, Bell Socialization Services opened its Next Door program, offering support services and rental assistance for homeless, near homeless, and low income individuals and families.  Next Door operates at 16 W. King Street in York City, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (additional hours available by appointment).


Program coordinator, Crystal Oeudraogo, who also oversees Bell’s mental health supported housing program, said she is looking forward to helping people connect to resources and services to secure sustainable housing situations.  “It’s not about handing out money,” said Oeudraogo, “It’s about helping people set goals and develop workable plans to get them to a place where they can be more self reliant.”

What Services are Offered?

  • Rental Assistance
  • Connections to Info & Resources
  • Professional One-on-One Guidance
  • Step-by-Step Success Planning, and
  • Advocacy

Who is Eligible?

  • Age 18 or older
  • York County resident
  • Head of household
  • In need of emergency and/or long-term housing

Next Door services are funded in part by the Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) and the Human Services Development Fund (HSDF).

When asked why Bell decided to apply to run this program (formerly managed by Community Progress Council as Case Management and Rental Assistance) Bell’s director of mental health services, Kris Stroup, said, “Because it’s our mission. It is in line with the services we know how to deliver and the people we serve.”  Stroup went on to emphasize that Next Door staff understand this is a “teach them to fish” effort.

Oeudraogo said her team – herself, four case managers, and an administrative assistant – are well-qualified, community connected, and saw more than 30 families in the first few days the program was open.   One day a week, one of the case managers will also be visiting Bell Family Shelter to talk with families there.

Next Door staff (left to right) Jamie Stevens, Zipporah Eskine, Leo Lopez, Kassie Sueck,  Alfreda Bangbeor, Lori Leister (asst. director of mental health services), Crystal Oeudraogo, and Catherine Hendrickson