Empowerment Center Services

YWCA Empowerment Center assists families with children and individuals in both Clinton and Jackson Counties who are experiencing or on the verge of experiencing homelessness through our Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention programs.

For those who are currently experiencing homelessness:

Click here for information on how to apply for housing services

YWCA Rapid Rehousing is a program that offers financial and case management services to families who are currently experiencing homelessness. The goal of the program is to assist in obtaining safe, affordable, permanent housing while providing families with on-going case-management services to ensure long-term success.

If you are currently in a shelter, on the streets, in your car, in a tent, or in any place not suitable for human habitation,

please call 833-849-8976 to access homeless services.

 All services are free and confidential.

If you need an emergency shelter, please contact the following:

  • Men's Shelter: 563-242-9016 (Victory Center, Clinton, IA)
  • Women's Shelter: 563-242-1744 (Victory Center, Clinton, IA)
  • Domestic Violence Shelter: 866-921-3354

For those who are in danger of becoming homeless in the next 14 days:

Click here for information on how to apply for housing services

YWCA Homelessness Prevention Program seeks to stop homelessness before it starts. It is a program that assists families with children and individuals who currently have housing, but are at risk of becoming homeless. HP provides funding for rent & utility deposits as well as rent & utility arrears. Funding is based on income guidelines.

To apply for the YWCA Homelessness Prevention program, you may fill out an online application by clicking on “Apply for Services" in the menu on the left. If you prefer to fill out a paper form, you may download one from the “Apply for Services" menu or you may pick up an application at YWCA Clinton's front desk or anytime in the Empowerment Center (historic building) entryway.

To schedule an appointment to submit a completed application, call the Empowerment Center at the numbers listed below – please leave a detailed message if no one is available to answer (If you're completing and submitting the online application, we will contact you to schedule the appointment once it's been received).

All services are free and confidential.

YWCA Empowerment Center Contact Info:

Clinton County: 563-242-2118
Jackson County: 563-212-2787

Learn more about the Rapid Rehousing model:

How You Can Help!

In the first 3 quarters of 2016 the YWCA Empowerment Center provided 2072 services that were not funded by grants to 932 clients.

Without the generosity of caring people, we would not be able to help those in our community most in need. Please consider giving generously to the YWCA Empowerment Center. Items may be left at the YWCA front desk. The following is a list of items needed in our housing programs:

homeless supplies:

hand warmers
rain ponchos
pup tents
tent sealer
sleeping bags
handheld manual can openers
sleeping mat (rolled)
tarp / roll of plastic

personal care items:

family-sized shampoo & conditioner
shower gel or bar soap
men's and women's deodorant
hair brushes
adult socks
adult underwear (men's and women's)

other needed supplies:

Hy-Vee gift cards in increments of $10
Walmart gift cards in increments of $10
gas station gift cards in increments of $10
city bus passes

household Items:

toilet paper
paper towels
laundry detergent
cleaning products
garbage bags

children's items:

diapers: sizes 2, 3, 4, 5
baby wipes
baby shampoo
diaper rash ointment
children's socks
children's underwear (boys' and girls')

Or click here to make a monetary donation instead.

YWCA Empowerment Center programs and services are partially funded by United Way of Clinton County, Iowa.