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Supportive Housing

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YWCA Greater Pittsburgh initiated the country’s first transitional housing program for women dealing with abuse and homelessness over 25 years ago. Today, we work through The Allegheny Link to provide supportive housing that assists individuals toward self-sufficiency.  

The Allegheny Link provides information on services to help individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life. Contact The Allegheny Link about housing at 1-866-730-2368, or visit their offices at One Smithfield Street, Second Floor, Pittsburgh, PA  15222.  Once The Allegheny Link determines eligibility, the appropriate coordinator will contact you.  

PLEASE NOTE: All housing requests must go through Allegheny Link (1-866-730-2368 or TTY 412-350-5205). YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is not able to accept direct housing requests. 

YW Housing programs currently include:

Chrysalis: Shelter-Plus Care

W.I.S.H. (Women in Supported Housing)

Chrysalis: Shelter-Plus Care

Chrysalis provides permanent, supportive housing for 19 homeless individuals with a substance abuse, and/or mental health diagnosis or HIV/AIDS.

Housing is in leased, scattered site independent housing units. Participation includes weekly case management and supportive services. The program focus is to help each individual acquire the tools necessary to make choices leading to self-sufficiency and economic stability. We assist individuals with identifying and accessing services, vocational training, family support and housing in accordance with their unique needs.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Individuals who have a documented history of homelessness as well as one or more of the following: severe mental illness, chronic struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, or HIV/AIDS (minimum 90 days continuous sobriety for D/A applicants)
  • Single individuals with and without children are encouraged to apply

For more information about the Chrysalis housing program or eligibility criteria please contact Chrysalis Program Coordinator, 412-255-1235, 412-697-1025 (fax). 

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W.I.S.H. (Women in Supported Housing) Program

WISH provides permanent, supportive housing for 20 homeless, dually diagnosed individuals (those who struggle with both drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness) and their children. Housing is in leased, scattered site apartments and houses. Participation includes intensive support services. The focus is on assisting individuals with building and maintaining healthy support systems, managing their drug and alcohol and mental health recovery programs, and living independently. The goal is to assist families, particularly those who face the greatest barriers to independence, to achieve and sustain lasting self-sufficiency.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Individuals who are homeless and are being referred by an emergency shelter, transitional housing program or other service provider
  • Individuals must be dually diagnosed and be in treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues
  • Individuals must have or be in the process of gaining custody of their dependent child(ren)

For more information about the WISH housing program or eligibility criteria please contact WISH Program Coordinator, (412)-255-1176 (Phone) 412-697-1025 (fax).

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Did you know?

According to the Center for Disease Control, African American women are over three times more likely to be murdered with a gun than white women.

Read more about YWCA's position on gun violence.

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