YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women and Girls

New Housing: The Residence

Building, both sections,CROPPED,.jpgIn the Fall of 2018, the YWCA re-opened the Residence at the Haverhill location on Winter Street to provide single-room occupancy apartments with private bedrooms and shared kitchen, common area and baths for low-income, at-risk women in need of safe, affordable housing. By re-opening The Residence, we are keeping our commitment to serving Greater Haverhill’s most vulnerable citizens.

Donated in the early parts of the 20th century by Haverhill philanthropist Dr. Ira Chase, the Winter Street building represents all that is best about Haverhill’s community values, in which care for those in need is paramount. Dr. Chase was concerned about the health and safety of young women working the factories and shops in Haverhill, and his generous donation to the YWCA reflected his commitment to providing a safe home and support for those young women. YWCA Board minutes from the first part of the 20th Century clearly demonstrate many cases when a young woman came to the YWCA destitute and in need of food and shelter, and, because of Dr. Chase’s great gift – and the social commitment of the women who were leaders and volunteers at the YWCA in those early years – the needs of those young women were met.

More than 100 years later, the need for housing for low-income women in Greater Haverhill remains high. By renovating and reopening the Residence, we honor the tradition and intent of Dr. Chase’s gift to the YWCA.