YMCA Van Buren Center - YMCA family shelter at Van Buren Center

Contact Information:

595 Van Buren Drive
Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 715-2515

About this Shelter

If you are experiencing a Homeless Crisis in Franklin County, please call 888-474-3587 for Centralized Intake 24 hours 7 days a week.

The Community Shelter Board purchased the west side facility to serve a growing homeless population, and had the vision to essentially run 3 separate programs under one roof- one for single men, one for single women, and one for families. This would be made possible by several partners working together to staff and facilitate these programs. Van Buren contains a front door shelter separated by gender for those experiencing homelessness for the first time that only need a short stay or minimal services. In addition, the facility contains flex space for up to 244 overflow beds for men and women to assure the system has flexible bed capacity at all times. This eliminates waitlists as well as the need to site a winter overflow shelter each year.
Housing & Employment Assistance:

    YMCA Guest Aides help with basic services such as job website navigation, getting identification, and basic health and wellness services
    YMCA Service Coordinators identify needs and assist guests in getting those needs met, as well as linking them to a navigator when ready
    Navigators from our partner Access Ohio provide intensive services focused on ending the homeless crisis quickly and stabilizing the person in housing.

Other Services Offered:

    Southeast, Inc. will operate a federally qualified health center for medical and behavioral health services.
    Freedom a la Cart offers meal services within the shelter. Currently, breakfast & dinner is provided to all single women residents with expansion to include 3 meals a day.

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