WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A new $2.1 million homeless shelter for women in Warren is now open.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday afternoon at the WINGS at the YWCA on North Park Avenue, which used to the site of the swimming pool.
The 12 fully furnished apartments are for women and their families who are homeless with a disability or are on the verge of becoming homeless. There is also access to onsite community resources, as well as educational and employment training.
“It’s a very proud feeling. It’s a very humbling feeling to know that we had so many supporters funding wise that would come up with $2.1 million for the city of Warren to provide this to women who are at a crossroads in their life,” said Cheryl McArthur, president of the YWCA Board of Directors.
The YWCA will partner with Beatitude House and Coleman Professional Services to operate the housing and provide the residents with supportive services. Specifically, Beatitude House will provide support services for families, including case management and child advocacy. Coleman will provide property management and counseling services.
The agencies are currently processing applications for those women and families who are looking to move in.