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Carolyn’s House

A safe and loving space to prosper

Carolyn’s House is a supportive housing program for homeless women and children operated by the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier. Its mission is to assist women in achieving self-sufficiency – the ability to live independently – by providing education, counseling, advocacy, supportive services and housing.

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier opened Carolyn’s House in 2005, providing 19 apartments with on-site support services for women and children.  Carolyn’s House is designed to empower residents to transition from homelessness to a dignified, safe future. Most women and children entering Carolyn’s House have experienced trauma including domestic violence and/or sexual assault, financial challenges, substance abuse or incarceration. Supportive housing services at Carolyn’s House (including employment and training, case management, counseling, financial literacy etc.) give women in crisis the time to develop skills and increase their confidence and allow for a safe and successful integration back into the community. Over 500 women and children have found refuge and a path to dignity over the last 15 years at Carolyn’s House. Carolyn’s House was named in memory of Niagara Falls Community Advocate Carolyn Van Schaik who assisted the YWCA in applying for funding for the adaptive reuse of the historic building now housing Carolyn’s House.

Services

Carolyn’s House provides apartments ranging in size from 496 square feet to 1261 square feet to suit most family compositions. The heat is included in the monthly rent and the resident is responsible for their own electricity and security deposit.

Monthly Rental Amounts
  • Studio/One Bath – $272.00/mo
  • One Bedroom/One Bath – $299.00/mo
  • Two Bedroom/One Bath – $381.00/mo
  • Three Bedroom/Two Baths – $438.00/mo
Amenities
  • Two Laundry Areas
  • Community Room
  • Youth Room
  • Secured Outside Playground and Picnic Area
  • Herb and Vegetable Garden

Carolyn’s House is always in need of the following items:

  • Pots & Pans
  • Twin sheets/comforters/mattress covers
  • Pillows
  • Hygiene items
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning Supplies

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Watch Our Progress!

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier is on the brink of opening the doors of yet another innovative project that will enhance the lives of women and the community in which they reside.  It is the latest in a series of life-altering programs and projects introduced by the YW over the years, with a goal of improving the lives of women living in WNY.

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and its forerunners have a 125 year history of engagement in and with their communities, evolving with the needs of the times and consistently supporting the mission of empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.  A result of the 2015 merger of the YWCA of Niagara and the YWCA of the Tonawanda’s, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier has strengthened its portfolio, increasing its effectiveness within the broader geographical footprint.

Building on its recognized history and experience of providing shelter for victims of domestic violence and transitional and permanent housing for women (and their children) without a place to call home, the YWCA is now constructing a 12 apartment permanent housing complex with a social enterprise component to help women avoid homelessness and escape family valence. It will be the YWCA’s first supportive housing enterprise for single women.

Each resident will have their own (approximately 500 sq. ft.) furnished apartment, with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and sitting area.  There will be communal laundry facilities, exercise, and relaxation space. A protected garden green space and patio will provide respite during more user-friendly outdoor months. Equally important are the services available to the residents and also to area low income women who would benefit from them, such as case management, trauma informed individual and group counseling, safety planning, court accompaniment, life and/or job skill training with on-site employment opportunities, financial literacy advocacy, responsible tenant and homeownership counsel, and client-specific information and referrals.  

The ground floor of the historic, refurbished building will feature a café/coffee shop, providing refreshment for the community and residents at the Tremont apartments.  YW’s commercial enterprise will also provide residents with on-site workforce training and employment opportunities, a model that has proven successful for the YW and its clients, as it also indirectly supports businesses by enhancing the NT shopping experience.  The café will feature seasonal-appropriate outside seating.

The YWCA is currently seeking sponsors to help meet the funding needs for the Café, programs and residences.  Please contact CEO, Kathleen Granchelli, for more information about sponsorship opportunities at Granchelli@ywcanf.org or 716 433 6714 ext. 212.


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