In an aim to combat homelessness we run three hostels across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire which provide over 400 rooms and over 100,000 nights’ sleep each year for single homeless people between 18 and 59. Our mission is to support each resident for up to two years so that they can move on to safe accommodation and a more stable lifestyle, helping them belong, contribute and thrive within their local communities.

People come to live at our YMCA hostels for a variety of reasons, but most often these are linked to the breakdown of family relationships or social exclusion. As a result we find many people are not just in need of housing & residential support, but also need help to rebuild their self-confidence, develop life skills, and overcome personal issues such as alcohol misuse. The YMCA housing team is committed to offering both practical and emotional support for each resident within a friendly environment.

As well as providing residents with access to a wide range of social events and activities, our team of support workers is available to assist and guide residents through their time at YMCA, whether they need help managing debt, training and educational courses, or referral to external specialist support agencies.