YMCA West & Central Herts - Watford Hostel

Referral address

Watford Borough Council
Homelessness Prevention and Housing Advice
Town Hall
WD17 3EX

Referral phone

01923 226400

Referral email




Who is the project for?

Who do we help?

Single homeless people, including those with mild learning difficulties, some physical disabilities, those recovering from drug/alcohol dependency (with support from other agency), and ex-offenders. Must have a Hertfordshire connection.

Who we cannot help

No automatic exclusions. Applications considered on a case by case basis but it is unlikely we will accept people with convictions for arson, sex offences or recent violent offences.

  • Minimum age accepted: 18
  • Maximum age accepted: 59

How to get a referral

Referral agencies

Accept self referrals and referrals from any agency. Many come from Watford Homeless Persons Unit. Can accept referrals direct from prison.

Referral procedure

Call in, phone 8am-9pm or write. Form completed by prospective resident. Interview. Require proof of benefits status if unemployed. Also support letters from social workers, probation, GPs etc if appropriate.

Length of stay

  • Minimum stay: -
  • Maximum stay: 2 years

Support and accommodation

Support offered

15 full time staff, 24 hour waking cover. Staff offer help with personal problems, benefits and budgeting. Life skills, IT, literacy and numeracy training available. Regular residents' meetings. Social events including coffee mornings, walks, picnics and fundraising events.

Rooms and charges

£25.57pw minimum required from residents in receipt of benefits.

  • Single: 150
  • Total spaces: 150


  • Furnishings: Rooms fully furnished, with washbasins.
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  • Disabled facilities: Visual alarms.
  • Other facilities: Lounge, cafe area, training room.

Rules and policies

House rules and tenure

No alcohol allowed in public areas. Smoking allowed in some bedrooms. Licence agreement.


Until 11pm (Mon-Fri from afternoon only). Overnight guests with staff permission.

User participation


Further information

Public transport

Watford tube and Watford Junction train station - 5 minutes walk.

Is this page accurate?

If you work for YMCA West & Central Herts - Watford Hostel and would like to tell us about any of this information that needs updating please email the Homeless Link Information team. Please note this email address does not contact the service listed above so do not use it if you are looking for help or advice. 

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