RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS



MAKING A

DIFFERENCE

Making a difference!

Through our residential programs we impact our community by providing a home to our neighbors. Each day we provide supportive services to make sure that every child and family have what they need to achieve their best.


The Gateway Family YMCA offers a variety of housing opportunities at our Elizabeth Branch.

For more information select a link below:

Elizabeth Brochure
Elizabeth Housing Flyer

      Elizabeth Branch
      135 Madison Avenue
      Elizabeth, NJ 07201
      908-355-9622
      Contact: Senior Director of Housing

    Benefits of our Program

      Safe and Secure Facilities
      Trained and Compassionate Staff
      Men’s Dormitory
      Women's Dormitory
      Transitional Housing
      Temporary housing for individuals, men and women with children
      Supportive housing for Individuals and families
      Low cost affordable housing for individuals and families
      Union County 24 Hour Homeless Emergency Response Hotline 908-249-4815

Union County 24-Hour Homeless Emergency Response Hotline

In collaboration with the County of Union, The Gateway Family YMCA is providing a 24-Hour Homeless Emergency Response Hotline for those in need of emergency housing and vital services. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist Union County individuals and families seeking emergency shelter and other vital services at 908-249-4815.

Transitional Housing

Men's Dormitory

The Men’s Dormitory is a single room occupancy (SRO) unit for males 18 years and older. Residents have use of laundry facilities and an air-conditioned lounge with cable television. The men receive wrap-around social services to assist them in stabilizing their lives to obtain permanent housing.

Women's Dormitory

The Women’s Dormitory provides affordable permanent housing for 10 single women without children. The women share a bathroom space, and they have access to a full kitchen. Our goal is to provide a safe home for single independent women.

Madison House

Madison House provides temporary housing for female heads of household and their children in a safe and caring environment. Through this initiative we assist families in making meaningful changes in their lives.

Step Up

The Step-Up Transitional Housing Program is an extension of the YMCA Madison House. The individuals or families in Step-Up receive extensive support through our continuum of care system. This program has a strong emphasis on employment and training. Our staff provides the assistance needed to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Project Sustain

Project Sustain is a Mommy and Me program designed for pregnant women and women with infants/toddlers who are in recovery from addiction. Our six-month residential program provides a safe and stable environment for the women and their infant/toddler children. Project Sustain participants are provided with wrap-around social services that help maintain their sobriety and stabilize their lives.

Permanent Housing

Sierra Gardens

Sierra Gardens is located directly across the street from the Elizabeth Branch main building. It provides families and individuals with low cost, affordable housing.

Supportive Housing Program

The Supportive Housing Program assists disabled, homeless individuals and families in the transition from homelessness to permanent housing; providing the participants with apartments in the community along with additional services.

Residential services at The Gateway Family YMCA are in part funded by the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the City of Elizabeth and the County of Union.