Lantern Light

“Empty quarters will find new life, and women still very much in need of healing will find a short path to a caring team and empowering programs of YWCA. During discussions, YWCA shared a vision for a place where survivors could live safely, restore health, grow out from poverty, and have stable, affordable homes to raise their children. This is how our supportive housing program helps change lives after devastating domestic violence or homelessness due to poverty.”
Erin Prochnow
Affordable Housing Developers leveraged as many funding sources as possible to renovate Courtyard Apartments. The property is the last subsidized housing available in Rugby, and public funding was needed to perform much-needed repairs and mitigate health and safety concerns.”
Andrea Diede
Executive Director, AHDI

1101 32nd Avenue South, Fargo ND

The YWCA Cass Clay and Beyond Shelter, Inc. (BSI) propose to acquire and rehab the Presentation Prayer Center to develop a permanent supportive housing development, Lantern Light apartments, to house and support families experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. A total of 23-low-income units will be created. The Presentation Prayer Center was a home and worship quarters for the Sisters of the Presentation. In recent times, the sisters determined the convent was too large for their needs and they offered YWCA an opportunity to expand their footprint.
The project grand opening is scheduled for November 2023

YWCA Cass Clay, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide a place for women and children escaping from domestic violence is working in partnership with Beyond Shelter, Inc. To redevelop the Sacred Heart Convent into 23-units of permanent supportive housing to support women and children escaping from domestic violence.

When completed, the Lantern Light which is in close proximity to YWCA’s Emergency Shelter and the under construction transitional housing complex, will serve as a campus-like environment for women and children. This will allow women and children to transition from emergency shelter to permanent housing all while in continued proximity to the supportive services provided by the YWCA.



  • YWCA Cass Clay
  • Beyond Shelter Inc.
  • Shultz and Associates Architects
  • Roers Construction
  • Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority
  • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary



  • Housing Trust Fund: $2,016,358
  • HOME: $4,250,176
  • Deferred Developer Fee: $254,783
  • YWCA Donor Funds $200,000
  • Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) State Funds $1,023,771
  • FHLB-AHA $750,000


Jennifer Henderson, Director Planning and Housing Development Division 


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