Construction of the first phase of a YWCA shelter for homeless women is expected to begin in two weeks even though the agency has fallen short of raising the $1-million cost of the facility, YWCA Executive Director Mary Douglas said.
A yearlong fund drive raised $650,000, Douglas said Wednesday, and the YWCA will continue efforts to raise the remaining $350,000 to complete the 40-bed hotel addition. The project has been assured a construction loan if needed, Douglas said. The YWCA board is expected to approve the start of construction at a Monday meeting.
The three phases of the project are planned to be completed by December, giving Santa Ana's homeless women shelter from the cold and rain next winter in a 20-room hotel atop the YWCA gymnasium at Broadway and Sycamore Street.
The home will also serve as a way to get some of the county's 3,000 homeless women back into the mainstream by offering support services, including job and health counseling.