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The Transitional Housing (TH) and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) programs provide secure, affordable housing and help participants develop the skills needed to achieve independence. Support services include case management, financial assistance with rent and utilities, transportation, and childcare. Women and their children may participate in the TH program for up to two years, and in the PSH program for as long as they need the additional support.

In August 2010, the YWCA Cass Clay was recognized as a housing leader by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Rick Garcia, Region XIII Administrator of the Department of HUD, presented the YWCA with a special recognition for 20 years of successful Transitional and Permanent Supportive housing for women and children.

Additionally, the YWCA Cass Clay Transitional Housing program has been
identified as a top ten "model program" by The White House, upon the recommendation of the United States Department of HUD.

The program emphasizes the use of supportive housing as a means to assist low-income women and their children break the cycle of poverty. Emphasis is placed on helping women recognize their strengths and provide options to obtain self-sufficiency through a wide variety of programs and services, either offered directly by the YWCA or in coordination with other community human service agencies.

Iman's Story (Name has been changed to maintain confidentiality.)

Iman came to the Emergency Shelter in January 2009 to escape a domestic violence situation. She fled her home country as a political refugee and had been residing in the United States for eight months before seeking shelter at the YWCA. Upon her arrival, she had minimal possessions and relied on a friend or translator to communicate with YWCA staff. After four months at the Emergency Shelter, Iman was accepted into the Transitional Housing program. She attended English language classes during the day and worked evening shifts at a local business. During Iman's stay at the YWCA, she found out she had over $4,000 in outstanding debt from an apartment she had lived in when she first came to the country, as well as a secured loan. Within four months of entering the Transitional Housing program, Iman worked on financial goals with her case manager and became debt free.

Iman was also seeking a divorce from her abusive husband. With the assistance of her case manager, she completed the appropriate paperwork, filed it properly, and the divorce was finalized in June 2010. Iman declared it “a fresh start.” She has since enrolled full time at a local college while continuing to work full time in the evenings. Iman has completed her first semester of school and, because her English skills have improved so rapidly, she no longer needs an interpreter. Iman continued her journey in Transitional Housing, successfully accomplishing each and every goal she set for herself upon arrival at the Emergency Shelter. She continues to work hard and is very excited to see what the future holds for her.

 

 

 

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