HOUSING + HOMELESSNESS

Transitional housing for domestic violence victims opening soon in Ogden

Apr 16, 2024, 6:30 AM | Updated: Apr 25, 2024, 9:08 am

FILE -- The gathering room at the YCC Family Crisis Center in Ogden is pictured on Tuesday, July 9,...

FILE -- The gathering room at the YCC Family Crisis Center in Ogden is pictured on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Victims of domestic violence will soon have another way to escape dangerous situations in Weber County. The YCC Family Crisis Center is building transitional housing by way of a new 14-unit apartment complex in Ogden to house domestic violence victims.

Domestic violence is cited as the reason 22-57% of women experience homelessness by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. On top of that, U.S. Conference of Mayors say 44% of cities attribute domestic violence as one of the primary reasons for their homelessness problems.

YCC’s Housing Assistance Center Manager Ian Williams said they already have an emergency crisis shelter, but that only serve victims for up to 90 days. This transitional housing is the next step and can house victims for up to two years.

“We will be able to house about 30-40 more people per year which essentially doubles the number of beds we have on our property,” Williams said.

YCC is one of the only centers of its kind helping people in Weber county, and this gives YCC more options to serve that community. They hope to have the apartments available by mid-June. 

“It’s a relatively innovative service that we haven’t had in the area before now,” Williams said.

YCC held a successful capital campaign prior to the project, but they are still seeking funding. The organization is in the process of applying for state and federal funding. They are also accepting donations to help with their cause, or for people to buy items from their transitional housing wishlist on Amazon.

Related reading: LISTEN: Healing from domestic violence

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Transitional housing for domestic violence victims opening soon in Ogden