Homelessness affects people of all ages, races, genders, and ethnicities, and has a variety of causes, including chemical dependency, unemployment, and domestic abuse. For this reason, the YMCA of Reading and Berks County has a number of transitional living programs which serve a variety of populations. Each program provides case management in an effort to address the root causes of homelessness. Program participants learn living skills, budgeting and employment skills as they work towards self-sufficiency.
- Homeless or sleeping in an environment not suitable for occupancy.
- Chemically free for at least 5 consecutive days.
- Interested in achieving financial self-sufficiency.
- Motivated to “live life on life´s terms.”
- Willing to participate in counseling and case management.
- Committed to development of a self-sufficiency action plan.
- Able to participate in outpatient counseling.
Programs are collaborative projects of the County of Berks, City of Reading, Department of Public Welfare, Council on Chemical Abuse, Service Access Management, Inc., Housing and Urban Development, Federal Home Loan Bank, and Berks County Probation Department. The Bridge Houses and SAFE Houses are funded, in part, through the Pennsylvania Department of Health, County of Berks and the Single County Authority.
610-378-4758This program covers transportation costs for homeless individuals and families to help them reconnect with supportive services and loved ones outside the Berks County area.
610-378-4747 (Women)The Bridge House is designed to provide support to chemically dependent men and women to help them work toward becoming self-sufficient. The recommended length of stay is a minimum of 6 months
610-378-4747 (Women)The SAFE House is designed to assist chemically dependent men and women who are involved with the Berks County criminal justice system to continue Staying Addiction Free and Employed. Residents may stay in these programs for 6 – 9 months.
610-378-4716The Twin Peaks program is a supportive housing program designed for men who are chemically dependent with a co-occurring mental health disorder. Applicants must be stabilized on their medications and able to abide by program guidelines. Program length varies from 6 -18 months based on client need.
610-378-4706The Y-Passages program is designed for men who are in need of added support to fully achieve their goals. Residents may stay in this program for 6 – 9 months.
610-378-4716The Honor House program is for veterans who are chemically dependent. To be eligible for the Honor House program, applicants must be deemed as a benefit eligible veteran through the Lebanon VA.
610-378-4781 (Women)This program is designed specifically to meet the needs of men and women who have been charged with their 2nd Driving Under the Influence offense. A two-phase program, Phase I mandates partial confinement in our housing program for 90 days and aftercare participation for 4 months. Family members are involved in both components.
610-378-4781This program is for single mothers with up to 2 children who are working towards independence. The maximum length of stay is 2 years. Y-Haven is designed in a group home setting to provide support and education to young mothers.
Single Room Occupancy (SRO)
610-378-4758The YMCA offers rooms for rent to single men and women. Residents are exempt from the program eligibility requirements, although the Y strives to maintain a recovery atmosphere.
610-378-4758This facility is for men in early recovery who have achieved a level of self-sufficiency within their lives and are seeking ongoing stability in a community setting. There is minimal structure but available support from other residents. Supportive services are provided by staff as needed.
Our Mission: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.