YCAP Transitional Housing Shelters
YCAP operates three shelters in Yamhill County. In Newberg, we have Harvest House. Harvest House is a large home that YCAP took over from the city of Newberg several years ago. Harvest House shelters several families and two single women at any given time. In McMinnville, we have Sharing House. Sharing House got its name because the two shelters are located on the same property. They share a yard, playground and vegetable garden.
Our shelters house diverse populations. While our program accepts single women and families (including men) with children, the differences between them greatly differ. Many have experienced domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, or have financial insecurity. One thing among the people we serve remains the same. They didn’t ask for homelessness. Every one of them dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. That is the foundation of our work. Our shelter Case Managers follow through with our mission of advocating and assisting persons toward self-sufficiency. Our staff works closely with our homeless clients to achieve goals and maintain safe housing. Our program is one of very few in the state of Oregon to house individuals for the length of six months of longer. With the dedication of our staff and the way our programs are designed, we often achieve success. In fact, in FY 2011 88% of homeless persons in our shelter program moved on to safe and affordable housing within one year.
Our shelter needs continue to increase. With only a limited number of homeless beds in Yamhill County, YCAP has seen a 119 percent increase in our wait list from three years ago. While the need for shelter is rising, our funding is depleting. Our shelter program receives funding from several sources including: state and federal grants and monetary donations. Last year, our shelters ran a deficit of almost $20,000. Because of the significant need, YCAP has decided not to close down our program, but to do everything we can to increase our revenue and operate successfully. There are too many families who desperately need this program to get on their feet again. Evidence supports the fact that helping people toward self-sufficiency saves communities money. It lowers emergency room costs and costs in our justice system. Many people that go through our programs become productive members of society. They give back.
If you would like to know how to give back and help our shelters there are several ways. We would love to talk to you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-883-4173 (or for the hearing impaired- Oregon Relay 711).
It is our belief that together, we can change lives and strengthen our communities.