It is the mission of the YMCA to provide service for any person or family who desires to participate in the YMCA, regardless of the ability to pay the standard membership or program fee. Each year, the YMCA raises funds through our Better Us Campaign to provide financial assistance to youth and families. Those not able to pay the full program fee may be awarded assistance based on financial need.

To be eligible for financial assistance, applicants must work or reside in the YMCA of Greater Houston service area and meet household/yearly income requirements. The YMCA believes a strong sense of ownership is developed if the recipient contributes to the cost of their YMCA involvement; therefore, applicants will be asked to pay some portion of the fees. Financial assistance is awarded for a one-year period and is valid for all participating programs at any YMCA of Greater Houston location.

To apply for financial assistance, please stop by the Welcome Center at one of our center locations.

Application how-to

To apply for financial assistance please bring the following information to any YMCA:

  1. Bring a copy of your most recent tax return to the Y
  2. A membership representative will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your options
  3. Based on the information that you provide, we will determine your monthly membership rate or program fee amount

You may be asked to provide the following documents where applicable: proof of income for all working household members; proof of household income received from other sources such as: TANF, child support, SSI, disability, or foster care benefits;proof of current college registration; proof of layoff; etc.

Please note, if you are interested in child care assistance, we do ask that you apply first through Workforce Solutions for assistance before applying with the YMCA. This can be done by visiting

If you do not file a tax return, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or visit to download Form 4506-T and request a Verification of non-filing letter. Once received, this letter can be submitted in lieu of the tax return. You will then be required to provide other proof of income.
The YMCA reserves the right to refuse assistance to any applicant.