THE YMCA needs to raise up to £1.5million to buy its housing and refurbish the kitchens and bathrooms.
The charity owns the land but not the accommodation but wants to buy it as YMCA England intends to get of housing.
An appeal for funds will not be launched until the value of the housing has been agreed.
Town councillor Kellie Hinton, who lived at the YMCA for more than three years when she was her early twenties, said: “The work it does is invaluable.
“I moved to work abroad but when I came back the only place I could afford to live was the YMCA.
“It helped me have focus. I’d always moved from one place to the next, nothing kept me entertained for long enough or stable for long enough.
“Once I got to the YMCA I just had a different outlook on life and I think the staff there had something to do with that.
“At the YMCA the other tenants and Angela, they become your family — there’s a real community feel. This place turned my life around and it’s not just me.
“We have got vulnerable young people and they need help and the YMCA provides that. If we don’t have it, we have nothing.
“We shouldn’t be saving what we have got, we should be creating more of these.”