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Building stable futures

YWCA Dayton offers four housing programs for women in Montgomery County to help women maintain housing and experience self-sufficiency while moving toward independence by gaining employment and/or increasing income and education, ensuring their long-term safety and quality of life.

Service Philosophy

YWCA Dayton follows a Housing First model, a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues. Additionally, Housing First is based on the theory that client choice is valuable in housing selection and supportive service participation, and that exercising that choice is likely to make a client more successful in remaining housed and improving their life.

100% of YWCA Dayton staff — both frontline and administrative — receive nearly 20 hours of training  in Trauma Informed Care and Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) principles.


“The YWCA has been my safe haven. The YW helped me return to school and inspired me to help other women. No matter what obstacles you face – and there will always be an obstacle – you can find a way around it, over it, under it, or sometimes just the strength to stand next to it. I want women to know they, too, can overcome.”
Myesha, Single-Room Occupancy resident for 10+ years

Permanent Supportive Housing

• Safe, affordable housing
• Case management
• Life skills support


• Two-year program
• Women & children 6 and under
• Education, job & housing assistance

Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) & Rapid Rehousing

• Financial assistance
• Housing stability plans
• Health & safety assistance

Life Skills

• Financial Literacy
• Health & Wellness
• Peer Support