While the Housing and Homelessness Programs offer a continuum of housing options, the programs provide more than housing assistance. With a focus on the establishment of well-defined goals and objectives, women and men are offered an opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. The following housing options are coordinated by the YWCA: 30-day Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Bridge Housing, Single Room Occupancy, and Permanent Housing for Persons with Disabilities. The primary population is homeless women and women with children. Additionally, we assist homeless veterans in securing housing. While enrolled in the long-term housing programs, individuals are assigned case managers, and are expected to participate in life skills classes.

The YWCA Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs (VIP) provide comprehensive crisis and counseling services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including a crisis hotline, individual and group counseling and medical and court accompaniments. Services are available to victims and non-offending family members of all ages and genders and are free and confidential. One in three women and one in four men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and nearly one in five women and one in seventy-one men have reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives.

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg Domestic Violence Legal Center was established to provide free civil legal assistance to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault who are unable to afford an attorney.

The Visitation Center was created by YWCA Greater Harrisburg and the Children's Resource Center in response to the need for a site where supervised interactions between children and their parents could be conducted. The center is committed to enhancing the safety of children while providing a friendly, nurturing environment in which families experiencing difficulty interacting can meet. We promote the physical and emotional well-being of each individual using this service.

The YWCA operates the Grace M. Pollock Child Development Center at our building in Allison Hill, which provides care for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Additionally, the Child Development program provides before and after school care for children up to 12 years of age. The facility is fully licensed and is part of the STARS program (a standardized, state-administered quality assurance program). The YWCA also runs a summer camp in Fishing Creek Valley for children ages 5 to 12.

"Eliminating racism" is at the core of the YWCA's mission, and our Racial Justice programs focus on educating and equipping our staff to embody this in their work, and strengthening our partnerships to address racism in the Greater Harrisburg community.

Empowering members of the Greater Harrisburg area and surrounding communities remains the driving force behind the Economic and Neighborhood Development (END) department. END programs address the needs of the community through outreach efforts, employment readiness services, and collaborations that support community development.

The Veterans Services Department is dedicated to fulfilling the YWCA’s Mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all by providing timely, critical services to veterans and their families in need regardless of ethnicity, gender or pre-existing barriers to success. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to serve those who served.

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