Community Residence Hall Program
One of the original social missions of the Y endures at the East Shore Branch where we provide affordable on-site housing for a diverse community of 86 men in a safe and secure environment. As a part of this effort, the Y also provides bridge housing for formerly homeless veterans, part of a collaborative effort with the Veterans Administration and the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg. The residence hall is supported by the community of the East Shore YMCA, and is available to men in Harrisburg. Many of our residents, if they did not live at the YMCA, would be homeless. The YMCA affordable housing program and residence hall provide these men community, fellowship, and opportunities to improve their lives.
Our residents have access to the full range of Y programs and services. The YMCA Center for Healthy Living and the East Shore YMCA provide classes and services for the residence hall, including smoking cessation and career assistance. Residents also have access to a computer lab and the wellness center at the Y. It is the intention of the YMCA that the men who call the YMCA home have access to everything they need to live a healthy and full life.
Each room in our dormitory is equipped with a bed, a dresser and a closet. Each of the three floors on which residents are housed has a shared bath and showers. Renovations to the residence hall are planned for 2017 to improve the shower facilities and replace old floors and fixtures.
Affordable housing in Harrisburg is a critical need, and the YMCA is proud to be one of the longest running YMCA housing facilities in America.