If you have toured the YW Hub facility, you will have learned the top three floors of the building are intentionally designed for YW Transitional Housing. However, you may not have had a chance to learn what that program entails.
The YW Transitional Housing program provides safe and affordable housing for women who are in transition or struggling with trauma. Women often arrive at YW on the worst day of their lives. Once they arrive here, we provide supports to help deal with crisis and focus on healing, security and safety planning.
Others arrive on a YW doorstep because they have found themselves at a difficult and unexpected place in their lives: job or family loss, financial instability and lacking the resources to find alternative housing options. YW is a safe place to land, work on developing their economic stability and ultimately finding affordable housing options of their own.
For all women accessing this program, it is about transitioning to a place of safety, independence and a healthy future. On average, women will spend 6-8 months with us but can stay for up to two years. While in the program, women have 24/7 access to client support, counselling, and other resources offered by YW. Client support teams provide life-skill development including employment workshops, budgeting and community engagement activities.
Program Operations Director, Lana Bentley provides some insight on how YW programs benefit our clients
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