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What is Permanent Supportive Housing?

When the YWCA began, its primary objective was to provide safe housing for rural women who came to St. Louis for the 1904 World’s Fair. Now, more than 110 years later, women in need can still find refuge in our Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). PSH serves single women ages 18 and older. It offers indefinite leasing or rental assistance paired with supportive services for qualifying individuals.

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • on-site case management
  • financial coaching
  • employment coaching
  • life skills

Each unit includes a bathroom with toilet, sink and shower, and community laundry room, kitchen and dining room are easily accessible in the building (click here to view pictures of a unit). Our holistic approach also encompasses a network of social services agencies that can offer additional resources. YWCA Permanent Supportive Housing is actively involved in the St. Louis City and County Continuums of Care, which coordinate services for the homeless, funnel government funding, and monitor compliance.

We are also able to provide a very limited number of women with low-income housing at the Phyllis Wheatley Apartments.

How do I apply?

If you believe you are in need of transitional or low-income housing and might meet the criteria listed on this site, please visit PSH’s housing contact page.