YMCA Supportive Housing Campus
2 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
HOPE. DIGNITY. SUPPORT.
Y Supportive Housing is a community solution to help eliminate homelessness by providing Hope, Dignity, and Support in the form of permanent supportive housing. This Housing First Model helps people who are homeless (or who are at-risk of homelessness) move into stable and secure permanent housing supplemented by supportive services. Case management, transportation assistance, food/clothing/hygiene pantries, rental assistance, and other services help people meet their basic needs and reach their life goals. The campus provides a place to call home for 140 men and women. The constant wait list demonstrates the need for affordable housing in the community.
It is part of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines Association, whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
The Y began to provide housing in Des Moines in 1960. It started as an extended-stay hotel for men. Legislators stayed at the Y when the Iowa Legislature was in session and employees of Principal stayed at the Y when there were trainings downtown. As standards of hotel stays changed, the Y became a weekly rental motel for men and then an emergency shelter. In the 1990's funding was granted to the Y to create a transitional housing program for homeless adult men.
Finally, after much planning, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines opened the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus on June 27, 2011. A brand-new, state of the art facility houses the new Permanent Supportive Housing programming.