Persons Needing Emergency Shelter must first register with the homeless hotline: 330-452-4363
YWCA Emergency Shelter for Women and Children
Our emergency homeless shelter on 6th Street is the largest women’s shelter in Stark County with 38 rooms on the 3rd floor of our main facility. Clients are able to use the secure shelter for 90 days and can take advantage of many programs that we offer to educate and prepare them for the next step. In 2018, the YWCA provided 18,355 nights of service and support in our emergency shelter for 326 women and 100 children.
Along with the basic housing needs, we work with agencies throughout the community to provide a holistic approach to uncovering the problems within the family that brought them to this point-whether it be lack of education, need for job training, drug and/or alcohol problems, abusive relationships, counseling needs, mental health problems or simply help identifying and locating resources.
Contact us for eligibility and program requirements or if you have any questions.
New Beginnings, Gateway I and Gateway II
Permanent Supportive Housing
We help the “hard-to-house” with low-income long-term independent living units and ongoing support assistance to maintain stability. These facilities provide permanent supportive housing for single adults and families and rent is based on 30% of income. Between New Beginnings, Gateway I and Gateway II, the YWCA provides 106 apartments for clients. In 2018, 154 people were housed and supported in these facilities.
Stark Area Rapid Re-Housing
This program provides assistance for clients who are ready for the next step. Our staff locates apartments, negotiates with landlords and matches our clients with permanent affordable housing. If necessary we provide short-term financial assistance for deposits or utilities to help our clients get started. We provide education and training on the basics of lease compliance, tenant responsibilities/rights, budgeting and maintaining an independent household. Regular home visits are conducted to ensure our clients’ success. In 2018, the staff worked with 250 individuals to find appropriate housing.