2nd Stage Housing 

YWCA Durham provides the region’s only second stage housing program for single women at risk. Here you will find safe, supportive, and affordable housing. This program is available to women over 18 years of age and is based on a referral from Violence Against Women agencies only.  


This turn-key program also provides a peer network, professional counselling, advocacy and job and life skills development. Over a maximum 24 months stay, women will gain the skills, connections and confidence to achieve long term success and independence in Durham region. 


Program fees are geared to income and include: 

  • Nutritious meals prepared daily 
  • Single and double bedrooms, fully furnished 
  • Shared bath, common rooms, kitchenette and dining rooms 
  • Fitness room 
  • Wifi and local calls 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Accessible, secure building 
  • Access to Adelaide’s Attic, our second hand store 
  • Access to professional counselling, job skills and life skills opportunities 
  • Volunteer opportunities in the kitchen, store, and more 


Call 905-576-8880 or fill out the form below. 

    Interim Housing  

    Homelessness is a reality in our region, and is now at the crisis level. A lack of affordable housing, sexual assault, mental health concerns, and addictions all contribute to homelessness.  


    We can help with interim and supportive housing as well as outreach, counselling and support services. 


    Our Interim Housing program is a 6-bed, up to a maximum of 12 months housing program for single women (18 and over) without a home, or for those at risk of becoming homeless.  


    Located in our Adelaide House building, residents work with an Interim Housing Community Worker to reach self-identified goals and to obtain assistance in finding housing in the community.  Once residents secure housing, the Interim Community Housing Worker is able to offer support with this transition.  

    Program fees are geared to income and include daily nutritious meals,  fully furnished rooms, shared bathrooms, common areas, kitchenette and dining rooms, WIFI and local calls, laundry facilities, all in a secure and accessible building. 

    NOTE: residents must register with the Region of Durham By Name Only List to be considered for housing. A few agencies that can help with this registration are CDCD Ajax, Back Door Mission, and Muslim Welfare Home. 

    Call 905-728-5227 or fill out the form below. 

      Supportive Housing  

      Home should be a safe, affordable place. 

      YWCA Durham owns and operates 55 McGrigor Street, a rent-geared-income apartment building in the heart of Oshawa. One, two and three bedroom apartments are available to single women and female-led families. Tenant must register with the Region of Durham By-Name-Only List to be considered for housing.  

      In our Supportive Housing program, a Housing Outreach Worker supports and helps women and families locate affordable housing in our building or within the community. Assistance is available for clarifying landlord and tenant’s rights, completing applications for subsidized housing, landlord mediation, and referrals to other agencies, as well as for finding rental housing. Partnerships with other agencies allow the YWCA to provide on-site health care, parenting support through the Department of Health, Healthy Babies/Healthy Children Program, social assistance casework, and more for the women and children living in YWCA Durham Housing.  

      Call 905-728-5227 or fill out the form below.