YWCA Lancaster was established in 1889 to provide safe and affordable housing for women and families. YWCA Lancaster has steadily adapted its many services for women over the years to meet emerging community needs, but has continued to maintain its housing program, the oldest and second largest in the county.
Today, YWCA Lancaster offers emergency and affordable housing for low-to-moderate-income single women and women with young children on a month-to-month basis during adjustment periods in their lives. Support is provided to residents to help them find permanent housing, employment and to obtain life skills.
While many YWCAs have moved away from residential programs, YWCA Lancaster has remained a beacon of hope, providing countless women and families with safe, affordable and supportive housing during hardship.
YWCA Lancaster has 5 Emergency Family Shelter rooms available for parents with children up to age 18. Emergency Family Shelter is a short-term shelter. During a family’s stay, they will receive weekly case management to assist with housing, employment, mental health and any other additional needs they may have.
To qualify for Emergency Family Shelter, families must be pre-screened and referred through CHART. If you or someone you know is seeking shelter, please call 211 to begin the process.
Women who live at YWCA Lancaster’s Kepler Hall Residency often come from abusive relationships, can no longer afford their current housing due to loss in income, or are transitioning from drug and alcohol treatment programs. The nurturing support provided by the Residence staff has helped many women to get back on their feet and to live fulfilling, independent lives.
YWCA Lancaster offers long-term, affordable housing rental units for low-to-moderate-income single women and women with young children on a month-to-month basis during adjustment periods in their lives. Case manager support is provided to residents to help them find employment and to obtain life skills.
All residents enter into a landlord/tenant agreement with YWCA Lancaster and pay a portion of their income for rent, which includes utilities. There is no limit to the number of years a resident can stay. As long as residents follow the landlord/tenant agreement, stay current with rent, and follow the rules of residence, women can make YWCA Lancaster their permanent home.
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and funding from local foundations and private donors, YWCA Lancaster also provides permanent and safe housing.
YWCA LANCASTER Provided more than 140 women and families with safe, affordable, and supportive housing during hardship