Since 1929, the building has been a community fixture. But in 2001, the Y's board of directors said the facility was falling apart.
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"Developers were interested, but the directors looked at the mission of the Y and at the women who lived here. If the building was sold, they would be homeless," Kamber said.
Instead, the Y received federal and city funding for the additional housing.