affordable housing

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YWCA 11 Market Street Apartments and Women's Residence - illustration by Susan Spellman
                                YWCA 11 Market Street Apartments and Women’s Residence illustration by Susan Spellman

why housing?

Homeless advocate Mitch Snyder once said “HOUSING! HOUSING! HOUSING!” because he believed it to be the single most important need in people’s lives. If you have a roof over head, every challenge can be overcome. If you’re like the hundreds of thousands of Americans who do not, even the simplest challenges – attending school, getting a job, staying safe – become impossible to transcend. America’s rising numbers of homeless citizens exist as a direct result of a lack of affordable housing. It’s one of this country’s most pressing problems, and one that disproportionately affects women and children.  

Safe, decent, AFFORDABLE housing can provide families and individuals with the support they need to become more self-sufficient. Affordable housing is often defined as housing that is, in fact, affordable (i.e. occupant pays less than one third of their income) for people who live at or below 50 % of the area median income.

YWCA Greater Newburyport is proud to say it’s been providing affordable housing since 1885, making this agency one of the oldest, if not THE oldest, continually operating affordable housing programs in the country.

ywca housing options

ywca market street apartments

This 10-unit apartment building was rehabbed in 2013 to be used as long-term rental units. There are 6 studio, 2 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom apartments. The apartments are funded to be occupied by individuals and families who meet HUD income guidelines. Income and other eligibility criteria are described in detail on our application.

  • disability
    Two units are reserved for households in which at least one member is disabled in accordance with Mass Rehabilitation Commission and who provide suitable documentation.
  • homelessness
    Eight units are reserved for households who meet the definition of homeless and who provide suitable documentation.

Applicants must meet all HUD eligibility criteria. This application is designed to collect all of the necessary information to allow us to determine your eligibility for this program.

Click here for 11 Market Street Application.

ywca women’s residence

The women’s residence is a single room occupancy program located in a historic building. Women share bath and kitchen facilities. Common rooms include a living room with TV and a quiet room with sofas and chairs. Heat and electricity are included in the weekly rent. Bedrooms are wired for phone, cable and internet. Residents, who choose to do so, pay for this service. Most women live in the residence for between three and ten years. It is considered long-term housing not an emergency or transitional program.

Click here for YWCA Women’s Residence Application.

roof over head

Roof Over Head apartments provide low-income working families with dependent children with transitional supportive rental housing. With the assistance of Roof case managers, families thrive as they move forward toward permanent housing. Eligible families must be from Newburyport, Amesbury, or Salisbury, Massachusetts and homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

Click here for Roof Over Head Application.

how you can help

Your financial contributions help us pursue other affordable housing options for development, and give us the means to support our existing residents with furnishings and updated amenities, and maintain and improve both houses as needed into the future.

affordable housing committee

The YWCA is fortunate to have a committed group of volunteers assigned to head up the affordable housing committee. They are members of our Board of Directors, and citizens like you who understand the importance of having a home. One of the city’s stated goals is to attain 10% percent affordable housing, a goal it is still working to achieve. A recent study conducted by the Affordable Housing Trust finds that one-third of all new construction in Newburyport would need to be affordable to meet that need. To that end, the YWCA affordable housing committee advocates and works in collaboration with city officials to meet that goal.

one night homeless count committee

This committee is made up of local school and city officials, volunteers with local aid organizations and caring residents to plan for and conduct an official count of homeless youths, families and individuals in our area. Accurate data is essential to ensuring resources and state funds are properly allocated to provide services to those who need it. Correct numbers also serve to illustrate the need, and create the impetus for more affordable housing in the area.  Click here to view the 2017 YWCA One Night Homeless Count Report

volunteer opportunities

The YWCA is always looking for volunteers to help with painting, light carpentry, gardening and beautification of our residential properties. Other needs include special event support and planning.

For more information, please email the YWCA Housing Manager.