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.
- Homeless or sleeping in an environment not suitable for occupancy.
- Drug and alcohol free for at least five consecutive days.
- Interested in achieving financial self-sufficiency.
- Motivated to remain clean and sober.
- Committed to setting goals and working to achieve them.
- Able to participate in outpatient counseling.
Programs are collaborative projects of the County of Berks, City of Reading, Department of Public Welfare, Council on Chemical Abuse, Service Access Management, Inc., Housing and Urban Development, Federal Home Loan Bank, and Berks County Probation Department. The Bridge Houses and SAFE Houses are funded, in part, through the Pennsylvania Department of Health, County of Berks and the Single County Authority.
Bridge House (Men's)
Bridge House (Women's)
Camp Joy (Men's)
Dual Diagnosis (Men's)
Safe House (Women's)
Single Room Occupancy (General)
Single Room Occupancy (Serenity Hall)
Specialty Court (SCP)
Y Haven (Women's)