To provide a safe, secure housing environment with programming to empower women with and without children to become employed and to move into independent living and to provide such services in a manner that builds self respect and esteem and respect for others.
The Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center (TLC) provides housing for 39 homeless women at a time with or without children for up to 24 months; however, the average stay is less than one year. Program participants receive case management, job development, life-skills classes, day-care, transportation, individual and group therapy for women and children, and advocacy. The Center is staffed 24 hours per day. The YWCA TLC is a noted and caring place for women and children who have experienced homelessnes, domestic violence and or trauma.
Expanded from 20 to 40 housing units in 2005...
The demand in our community for transitional housing is high. Fiscal year 2012 saw more families applying to the TLC than ever before. The census at the TLC has been high. More than 270 homeless women and children have been served for this fiscal year. The TLC receives hundreds of refferals troughout the year. More than 1,000 families and 3,000 individual particpants have been served since the inception of the TLC program.
TLC opened in April 1993 to meet the specific needs of homeless women, particularly women with children.
FY2005 106 Participants (42 women and 64 children)
FY2011 245 Participants (75 women and 170 children)
FY2012 projected to serve over 275 participants
TLC provides an immediate impact by lowering the number of homeless women and children in El Paso. Our program provides the foundation upon which women may increase their asset capacity and this empowers them economically. Through the jobs and job skills that they gain while in the program, our participants can begin to build a life towards self-sufficiency. The impact of this is substantial because it is often life altering when a family is given the financial tools to move away from a life of poverty. Single mothers account for the largest percentage of families living below the poverty line in the United States, and the fastest growing segment of the homeless population is women with children. Providing housing for these families increases the probability that they can achieve self-sufficiency. Participants in the program reap many other benefits. Homeless women are often the victims of domestic violence and/or they have suffered many forms of abuse throughout their lives. TLC helps to heal some of these wounds by providing a positive, and safe, atmosphere for growth and change. A skill that often deteriorates in homeless people is their social skills. The community living environment at TLC helps the women and children to interact with other participants and gives them the chance to re-connect with the social aspect of life. The TLC also has special programs for children including those who have experienced homelessness and domestic violence.
Measurement of Impact
The primary goal of TLC is to help women obtain self-sufficiency and permanent housing. The current success rate of the program is high for the YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center. Program measurements include the following: 100% will develop a plan for self-sufficiency. Goals will be achieved through one or more of the following: 1) employment,
2) education/job training and
3) obtaining entitlement benefits, child support or alimony. Participants will learn skills or change behaviors relating to one or more of their goals by exit as documented by skills evaluation sheets and weekly point counts.
Making the Transition...
If you are a woman, with or without children, and you need assistance; please contact the YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center as soon as possible. The TLC almost always has a waiting list. It is important for applicant's to be on the waiting list as openings can occur unexpectedly.
The TLC hosts informational meetings each month to discuss the program and how to apply. Those who need to speak to a case manager can make arrangements to do so and the TLC Administrator is available to speak to groups as well.
Questions or comments? Click here for the YWCA Contact Form and select "Programs for homeless and/or battered women" under topic.