A YWCA Malden Initiative to Prevent Homelessness: Access to Affordable Housing.
YWCA Malden Center for Women and Families is an innovator among community-based groups with more than 80 years of experience creating unique programs that help Malden's low-income and at-risk populations. The YWCA Malden’s Willcox Hall Women's Residency is a Malden-based housing program that provides a safe, affordable and supportive place for women to call home while they work or go to school on a full time basis. This well-maintained 21 unit Victorian home is located in the heart of downtown Malden. Residents have easy access to public transportation, employment opportunities, educational programs, financial literacy training and social service agencies. Each resident enjoys a private studio, as well as congregate kitchen and living space.
The YWCA Malden Women’s Residency Program addresses access to affordable housing, and skill building in order to prevent homelessness. At any given time there are 21 women living at Willcox Hall, demonstrating various states of risk/self-sufficiency. Many residents are immigrants who are stabilizing their lives and acclimating to life in the United States. Other women need job training or financial management skills so they can more effectively maintain an apartment on their own. Still other residents are young women who lack a familial support system and find themselves alone, without the resources to determine a course of action. Every YWCA Resident is working towards her own financial self-sufficiency, and the dream of a better life.