Downtown YMCA Housing

All Ages

Downtown YMCA Housing
10030 102A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5J 0G5
Phone: (780) 421-9622 
Fax: (780) 429-1455

Important Notice: Regarding the Closure of Downtown YMCA Housing

On behalf of the YMCA of Northern Alberta Board of Directors and YMCA Senior Management I wish to inform you of a decision related to the Downtown YMCA Housing facility. 

For the past 2 years, the Board of Directors and Senior Management have completed a comprehensive review of the YMCA’s programs and services in Downtown Edmonton including the Downtown YMCA Housing Facility located on 102 A Ave. 

After extensive review, we have made the difficult decision to close Downtown YMCA Housing facility by October 31, 2017.

We need to assure you this decision was not made lightly and a number of significant factors have led to this difficult decision, including:

  • The Downtown YMCA Housing model used is called single room occupancy (SRO).  Over time the philosophy, practices and standards have changed with the priority today focusing on permanency and affordability. 
  • The current single room occupancy model is not an ideal housing option for those experiencing housing vulnerabilities.  Due to the facility limitations, we are restricted in providing critical elements that reflect a permanent supportive model such as on-site food service, barrier free access, independent washrooms, medical and medication management, access to mental health/addictions and aids to daily living services.
  • The current operation is not financially sustainable and is projected to get worse.
  • The facility is at end of life, and has significant site limitations and cannot be redeveloped to create a sustainable operating model.

Over the past several days, YMCA Management notified residents, staff and other important stakeholders to reassure them of our commitment to support this transition.

We are committed to support the transition of all residents by October 31, 2017, into more permanent, safe and affordable housing solutions that will improve their quality of life.

Our YMCA has considerable experience in re-housing our residents into affordable and sustainable housing and we will provide this service until every resident is re-housed.  We have already begun conversations with our housing partners.

We are also committed to support the transition of our dedicated and committed staff team at the Downtown YMCA Housing.  We will work with each employee to offer them a new employment position within the YMCA.

As a charity, the YMCA has a long-standing commitment to the people we serve and especially to vulnerable populations.  As an active partner in the 10-year plan to end homelessness we remain committed to providing affordable housing services at the Melcor YMCA Village and to delivering Housing First services in Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Wood Buffalo.

While this has been a very difficult decision, we are confident in our direction and believe it will strengthen and improve the YMCA’s program and service delivery in downtown Edmonton.


In 1908, the YMCA in Downtown Edmonton had 13 bedrooms and served single young men, mostly newcomers to the city. Today our four-floor housing facility has more than 100 rooms and still serves young men just getting on their feet. In addition, we also serve women and families and can accommodate up to 120 individuals at one time.

Some stay only for a night or two while traveling through Edmonton, others may stay a few months while they look for on-going employment and permanent housing. Many of our short-term residents are looking for a place to recover and collect themselves after  a crisis situation. The community they find here helps give them the support they need to get their lives back together after a job loss, family break-up or sudden relocation. By collaborating closely with other agencies, community and government services, our Housing Team is committed to enhancing our programs that help people make the transition to a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Housing Rooms Include:

  • Our rooms have a bed and a desk
  • All utilities are included
  • There are shared bathrooms and showers on each floor

As of January 1, 2016, our rates will be going from $53 per day to $57 per day, and from $167 per week to $171 per week for a private room. A dorm room will change from $35 per day to $40 per day. The deposit for a room key will remain $10 key and is returned when you return the key at the end of your stay. There are shared washroom and shower facilities on each floor. The 4th floor is for women only and does not have a dorm. We have common room with a TV on the main floor and also a room with 4 computers for residents use. We are within a block of the rapid transit. Our rooms are rented first come, first served – we do not take reservations. Often the only available bed is in a dorm room. Residents in the dorm rooms have priority when a private room comes available. Please check on availability when you are ready to rent the room.

Housing Room Rates 2016 Daily Rate 2016 Weekly Rate
4th Floor Single $57.00 $171.00
4th Floor Double $72.00 $215.00
5th Floor Single $54.00 $163.00
5th Floor with 1/2 bath $62.00 $186.00
5th Floor Double $67.00 $201.00
5th Floor Dormitories (3 beds) $40.00 N/A
6th / 7th Floor Single $57.00 $171.00
6th Floor with 1/2 bath $65.00  $195.00

 Click here for complete downtown housing rates for 2016. 

Please Note:
We require government issued picture I.D. prior to check in.
There is a $10 Key Deposit for all rooms. $30.00 charge for lock change or if key lost or not returned.

Residents in our Housing Facility have access to our Don Wheaton Family YMCA (located a few blocks away) during specific hours – please ask at the Front Desk for details. Our Don Wheaton Family YMCA includes:

  • 25 - metre pool
  • indoor running track
  • gymnasium
  • fully equipped workout centre


Downtown YMCA Housing

View Larger Map 10030 102A AVE
Edmonton, AB T5J 0G5
Phone: (780) 421-9622
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