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Working to end homelessness

Each year, 150-200 school-age children in Ames are considered homeless, with another 200 people under the age of 25 identified as at-risk or experiencing homeless served by local shelter programs. Reggie’s Sleepout-Ames will benefit three organizations that work to alleviate and eliminate homelessness in our community.



YSS is a leading, state-wide organization that serves more than 4,000 children, youth and families annually through a comprehensive offering of prevention, treatment and transition programs. Every day, YSS gives children and youth a place to find their voice, heal with compassion, make healthy choices, feel safe and secure, learn life skills, grow their confidence, and ultimately, stand strong.


YSS has spent more than 40 years dedicated to helping and improving the lives of at-risk and homeless youth. Our program offerings include emergency shelter and services, transitional living programming, and aftercare support for youth who have aged out of the foster care system and/or are non-system involved (e.g. not placed or directly supported by a governmental payment agency). For more information, please visit




The mission of the Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) is to address the roots and impact of domestic and sexual violence through services that enhance safety, empower survivors, and promote understanding and social justice within our community.


ACCESS provides a host of services geared toward enhancing safety and supporting the healing of victims of all ages central Iowa. Services include crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy in systems such as courts or medical services, and community education. ACCESS meets the need of homelessness or unstably housed youth and adults through a scattered site emergency housing program, long-term transitional housing, financial assistance for housing and basic needs, and long-term care coordination. For more information, please visit




The Emergency Residence Project (ERP) is an organization engaged in offering shelter and assistance to the homeless and to those facing homelessness, providing:


  • Short-term emergency shelter to people experiencing homelessness
  • Transitional living to families experiencing homelessness
  • Emergency rental and utility assistance so people can stay in their homes


It is the goal of ERP to involve the community in the provision of services, including providing meals to shelter guests. For more information, please visit