YWCA Houston

Emergency Housing

The Coalition for the Homeless Harris/Fort Bend 2015 Point in Time Count found that on a given night, there were approximately 350 homeless young people ages 18-24, including 47 unsheltered women sleeping on the street. The number of young women at risk of unsheltered homelessness over the course of a year could be expected to be much higher. While some young homeless adults can achieve rapid rehousing and self-sufficiency with minimal support, the chronically homeless often need long-term extensive support to obtain and maintain permanent housing.

The YWCA of Houston has six emergency shelter beds that operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Emergency Shelter program provides individuals in crisis with temporary shelter and supportive services to assist them in seeking safe, suitable long-term housing options. Clients accepted into the program must be homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. In the program, participants will receive Housing First services and wrap-around supportive services including basic needs (food, clothing, etc.) case management, linkage to services from community partners such as counseling, transportation, life skills training, and financial, educational, and vocational counseling and support.

Services will be designed to meet residents’ needs and to help them achieve the highest possible level of independent living and self-sufficiency.

To find out if you meet the criteria for one of our housing programs, contact Ashley Cotton-Martin, Housing Program Manager, at acotton@ywcahouston.org or 713-640-6820.


We’re always looking for people to join us on a mission to advance women and their families!

Donate or Sponsor
If you would like to partner with the YWCA of Houston to donate food and/or resources or to sponsor one of our Housing for Women Programs, please complete the donation form



Our residents need positive influences in order to advance in life and career. We’re always in need of volunteers willing to offer their time and talents to host activities, classes, and more to create the best living experience for our residents! Volunteer Here


If you are interested in touring our program or volunteering, please contact April Carson, Volunteer Coordinator at (713) 640-6823 or email acarson@ywcahouston.org if you have any questions.


Thanks to our donors and sponsors!