Marysville, Ohio – IMPACT60 has announced that the City of Marysville Planning Commission unanimously approved the nonconforming use of an adjacent building to the Union County Family YMCA as a potential short-term emergency shelter.
This is a first step in bringing an emergency housing option to Union County. “By presenting thoughtful local data, demonstrating the success of the YMCA housing model across Ohio and the nation, and bringing-in experts working in the field, we were able to overcome fears and biases about shelters. We are grateful to have received unanimous approval by the Planning Commission.” stated Bruce Daniels, Founder and President of IMPACT60. “The YMCA has provided shelter to those in need for 170 years. It is a natural fit for us to collaborate with IMPACT60 along with other private and public partners to bring this needed service to Union County.” said Trevor Secord, CEO of the Union County Family YMCA. In conjunction with emergency assistance provided by the Hope Center of Ohio, the YMCA currently provides shower vouchers to Union County homeless persons.
Currently, those facing homelessness in Union County must be referred to shelters in surrounding counties. Thus, annual funds raised to support shelter services by United Way of Union County, for example, must be sent to out-of-county shelters. “The United Way of Union County is committed to
serving the basic needs of our own residents and ideally desires to fund partner agencies located within the county” shared Corie Bix, Executive Director.
IMPACT60 and the YMCA alongside of the Union County Mental Health & Recovery Board, Family Promise, the United Way and Bridges Community Action all recognize the significance of meeting basic needs as a social determinant of health. “Access to safe decent shelter, food and resources is
essential to allow homeless individuals and families to stay in their communities and to begin the process of stabilization toward a hopeful fresh start” remarked Lavona See, Vice President and Executive Director of IMPACT60.
IMPACT60 is a 100% volunteer led, central Ohio not-for-profit corporation under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)  located in Union County. Contribution opportunities include an annual fund, charitable estate planning, and a variety of event participation and project sponsorship
opportunities, with all proceeds supporting the charitable mission of IMPACT60. To learn more, visit impact60.org.