The beginning of the 21st century saw the opening of the 26 self-contained units in the Foyer Project at Riby Square. From inception to completion, the project had taken a little over three years. The building was officially handed over to the YMCA in December 2000.
From the outset, the Foyer received a steady stream of referrals and quickly reached full occupancy with a growing waiting list. The first occupants took up residency on 8 January 2001. The clients, in addition to being provided with safe, secure accommodation, were offered a range of services including a Connexions outreach service for 16-19 year olds, help with job searches, volunteering and training opportunities. The Foyer remains a focus for the work of the YMCA, with residents offered accommodation only if they are in education, training or have a volunteer placement.