More than Shelter...Support
On any given night, over 600 individuals in Monroe County do not have their own bed to sleep in. Increasingly, many are women with children.
Each year, the YWCA’s Emergency Housing program serves over 300 women and children in crisis.
The goals of the program are to help homeless women and their children find appropriate housing and improve financial stability. Program staff are trained in person-centered practices designed to build on each woman’s individual strengths. Special emphasis is placed on building the support networks necessary to achieve stability and avoid future homelessness.
For more information on the YWCA’s Emergency Housing program, please call (585) 368-2292.
Shantel and Jamani have moved four times in the last year due to a foreclosed family home and strained relationships. With nowhere else to turn, Shantel and her daughter arrived at the YWCA.
At the YWCA, Shantel worked with staff to find long-term housing in a safe neighborhood and signed up for a GED course. She moved into her own apartment earlier this year.
To other women who are faced with homelessness, she says:
“Keep trying, don’t give up. It’s hard. Everybody’s situation is different.”
The YWCA provides over 40,000 days and nights of safety and comfort to homeless women and children in times of crisis.
You can give a homeless mom like Shantel the security of knowing her child has a safe place to stay while she makes the transition to affordable long-term housing.