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Housing & Supportive Services

YWCA St. Paul owns and operates safe, affordable housing units for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Our range of housing programs combine affordable housing with customized support services that help participants stabilize their lives, build new skills, connect to community and secure a future of safe, stable housing. 

Participants are referred into one of our core programs based on their needs, with a range of services including subsidized apartments, financial and life skills education, and assistance in navigating school, health and community resources. 

Individuals and families are placed in YWCA St. Paul’s programs through Ramsey County; this means that we are not able to do intake directly

Chanell's Success Story

Chanell began struggling to find housing for her and her daughter in December 2016. She stayed with friends and family but also sometimes stayed in her car. She was determined to find housing no matter how much stress she was under or how much disappointment she faced. When she worked with a YWCA St. Paul Housing Case Manager, she able to move beyond crisis and into stability. Chanell welcomed her second child and completed her GED with the comfort and security of her own home. Click here for video transcript

Core Programs

Transitional Housing Program

In the Transitional Housing Program, single-parent families build life skills and establish stability while living in one of YWCA St. Paul’s three Transitional Housing sites for up to 24 months. Families in the program take part in enrichment activities and outings, and parents work with their case managers to identify and address barriers and skill gaps with the goal of achieving a future of secure, independent housing.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing combines safe, affordable housing with supportive services specifically tailored to help families who have experienced significant barriers that have resulted in long-term homelessness. Case managers work with families in Permanent Supportive Housing to build relationships and foundational resources over a sustained period of time to support a higher quality of life and stability.

Are you seeking shelter?

Individuals and families are placed in YWCA St. Paul’s programs through Ramsey County; this means that we are not able to do intake directly.

If you are seeking housing for families in Ramsey County, your first step is to contact Coordinated Access to Housing and Shelter (CAHS) at 651-215-2262. They will work with you to do an intake assessment, determine next steps, and connect you to the appropriate community program based on your needs. You can also reach out to United Way 211 by dialing 211, toll free at 800-543-7709, or locally at 651-291-0211

If you are not staying in a shelter and not doubled up, you can contact an assessor at 651-228-3938 to complete an assessment Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or Fridays from noon-4:30 p.m. You can also learn more here: 

If you are seeking housing for families in Hennepin County, please contact Hennepin County’s family shelter team at 612-348-9410 to be assessed and placed on a housing/shelter wait list.  You can also visit this website for more information:

YWCA St. Paul Tenant Portal

Current tenants can use the portal to submit maintenance requests, general inquiries about account balances or lease policies and view staff announcements and updates. 

If you haven’t already, please create an account by clicking here. Please contact Lisa Sanders Szabo at with any questions.

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YWCA St. Paul is an equal opportunity housing provider.