Providing a home and personalised support services for a fresh start in life.

We provide safe, affordable places to live that feel like home and focus on community spirit and togetherness. Our approach to support is based on strengths, and our residents are always at the centre of their own support plans.

The support they receive reflects their aspirations to accessing education, training, employment and volunteering, their future housing needs and addresses any physical and mental wellbeing needs. Our aim is to empower residents to gain the tools and skills that enable stability, independent living, promising futures, and connection to their communities.

YMCA is the largest provider of safe, supported accommodation for young people in England and Wales. We offer 9,466 beds, which includes everything from emergency accommodation through to supported longer-term housing and youth hostels.

YMCA provides a home to more than 20,357 people experiencing homelessness each year, making us the largest voluntary sector provider of supported housing for young people in England and Wales. This includes (number of residents):

  • Emergency accommodation – 3, 386
  • Supported hostels and foyers – 12, 276
  • Supported lodgings – 320
  • Move-on housing – 3, 878
  • Floating support – 230
  • Hotels, youth hostel and backpacker beds – 68, 520
  • Family rooms – 108
  • Women’s refuge – 21
  • Winter night shelters – 1,921 

Information for residents

If you are a resident of YMCA England & Wales, we have created a page with the information you might need.

Where to go if you are homeless

Thank you for visiting our site. If you are homeless or if you would like to help someone with a housing need, please read our guidance.

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