“My already unsteady existence threatened to topple over and I was lost. At the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus I had a warm, secure, private place to live and the support and motivation I needed. If there were more resources such as this, our community would continue to grow and prosper.” – Debra, former resident
At the Y, we work to strengthen and fill needs within the communities we serve and with nearly 13,000 Iowans experiencing homelessness each year, we believe that our work at our YMCA Supportive Housing Campus (YSHC) is paramount in helping to eliminate homelessness in Polk County.
5 Fast Facts on the YSHC
Following the Housing First model, YSHC helps people who are experiencing homelessness or have other barriers move into a permanent home with wraparound onsite services.
Wraparound onsite services include case management, rental subsidy, transportation assistance, welcome home care packages, resident activities and so much more!
The YSHC is also home to a food, clothing and hygiene pantry that provides dignity and support to residents all year long.
Home to 140 residents, YSHC also has staff who are available 24/7 to help keep the campus safe and secure.
The YSHC hosts volunteers and donation drives all year long, which includes many resident volunteers giving back to their community!
Your generous partnership and funding last year launched our Graduate Program that gave several residents an opportunity to take the next step toward self-sufficiency by moving off campus with continued support. This is another unique solution that provides support to those moving off campus while allowing another individual on the wait list to move into the Y and begin their journey.
Our work in housing began in 1960 as an extended-stay hotel for business men. As hotel standards changed, the Y became a weekly rental motel and then an emergency shelter. In the 1990s, funding was granted to create a transitional housing program for adult men experiencing homelessness. After much planning, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines opened the YSHC on June 27, 2011 and has provided hope, dignity and support in the form of permanent housing to hundreds since — the only housing program of its kind in the United States.
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