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Published December 18, 2010, 12:00 AM

Fargo YWCA unveils transitional housing

Remodeling project aided by Gate City Bank
More than three months ago, the YWCA Cass Clay’s four-plex apartment building in north Fargo showed strain and decline: scratched and worn wooden floors and baseboard heaters breaking away from the walls.

More than three months ago, the YWCA Cass Clay’s four-plex apartment building in north Fargo showed strain and decline: scratched and worn wooden floors and baseboard heaters breaking away from the walls.

But after $92,000 and an extensive overhaul, the building is ready for occupants once again – providing women and children with transitional housing opportunities through the YWCA.

Gate City Bank donated the $92,000 in August so the women’s advocacy organization could overhaul the 50-year-old property and bring it up to code.

The YWCA has provided transitional housing in Fargo-Moorhead for 20 years. The four-plex apartment building is among 34 units the YWCA offers in the metro area.

Officials from the YWCA and Gate City Bank revealed the remodeled building Friday. To protect the safety and privacy of the occupants, The Forum is not publishing the location of the building.

Many of the women and children staying in transitional housing often come straight from the YWCA’s emergency shelter on South University Drive, said Nicole Ellis, YWCA’s community relations coordinator.

Transitional housing is available for two years – giving women and their children time to regain stability and independence after dealing with domestic violence, she said.

After the remodeling, each of the four 900-square-foot apartments appears like new: fully furnished with donated materials and a festive holiday tree to greet each family.

“The work that’s been done here … is really about bringing people back home for the holidays,” YWCA Executive Director Erin Prochnow said.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541

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