Permanent Housing

Homelessness affects people of all ages, races, genders, and ethnicities, and has a variety of causes, including chemical dependency, unemployment, and domestic abuse. For this reason, the YMCA of Reading and Berks County has a number of transitional living programs which serve a variety of populations. Each program provides case management in an effort to address the root causes of homelessness. Program participants learn living skills, budgeting and employment skills as they work towards self-sufficiency.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Homeless or sleeping in an environment not suitable for occupancy.
  • Chemically free for at least 5 consecutive days.
  • Interested in achieving financial self-sufficiency.
  • Motivated to “live life on life´s terms.”
  • Willing to participate in counseling and case management.
  • Committed to development of a self-sufficiency action plan.
  • Able to participate in outpatient counseling.
Single Room Occupancy (SRO)

The YMCA offers rooms for rent to single men and women. Residents are exempt from the program eligibility requirements, although the Y strives to maintain a recovery atmosphere.

Serenity Hall

This facility is for men in early recovery who have achieved a level of self-sufficiency within their lives and are seeking ongoing stability in a community setting. There is minimal structure but available support from other residents. Supportive services are provided by staff as needed.