YMCA Supportive Housing Campus to hold Housewarming Party for first members of new Graduate Program
Five residents of the campus are moving out on their own, and the community partners who made the Graduate Program possible are gathering to show their support
The YMCA’s Supportive Housing Campus in downtown Des Moines provides permanent housing for people who were formerly homeless or at-risk of homelessness. In addition to the safety and security that come with their own efficiency apartments, residents at Y-SHC can take advantage of a variety of wraparound services, including rental assistance, financial counseling and access to groceries, clothing, educational programs, job training, medical care, transportation and other needed services.
All 140 units at Y-SHC are always filled, and there is a perpetual waiting list of 100 or more people who would like to live there. Now, thanks to the help of several community partners, the YMCA has a program to help Supportive Housing residents transition from campus living into their own apartments. As they take the next steps on their journey, their transition opens up space for more members of the community to move into permanent housing at Y-SHC.
The YMCA Supportive Housing Graduate Program kicked off in May, with the first two residents moving into off-campus apartments. By the end of June, three more residents will make the transition. To mark the occasion, the YMCA and its community partners are coming together to provide encouragement to graduates taking the next big step toward the fulfillment of their life goals.
WHAT:Housewarming Party – YMCA Supportive Housing Graduate Program
WHEN:Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE:YMCA Supportive Housing Campus, 2 SW 9th Street, Des Moines (Next to West End Salvage)
WHO:Residents who are moving into their own off-campus apartments through Y-SHC’s new Graduate Program, and the community partners who have provided funding and support to launch the program:
American Dreams Foundation
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
Hubbell Realty Company
Polk County Housing Trust Fund
Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell
Sam Fathallah Creative
United Way of Central Iowa
At the Housewarming Party:
The first two Graduates, Sue and Dan, who moved into their own off-campus apartments in May, will be on hand to talk about their experiences.
The next three graduates – Chris, Maureen and Scott – will receive keys to their new apartments and begin the moving following the Housewarming Party.
Each community partner will present a household item to be added to Housewarming Baskets that will be presented to the graduates. These Housewarming Baskets represent the support, encouragement and good wishes of the community as residents transition from the Supportive Housing Campus into more independent living.
YMCA officials, graduates and community partners will be available for interviews after the Housewarming presentation.