YWCA Downtown Center
The YWCA Downtown Center has been a safe space for women in need for almost a century. The Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program houses women for up to two years, giving them the time needed to become responsible, independent, and empowered to overcome significant life obstacles.
Women come to the YWCA for a variety of reasons and needs. Whatever the reason for a woman’s stay, the program’s goal is to provide affordable housing in a safe environment with supportive services that promote self-sufficiency without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
To participate in the program, women must:
- Be 18 years or older with no children in their care
- Complete an application form and have a face-to-face interview with Women’s Housing Program staff
- Provide proof that she is working at least part-time (or has some form of stable income such as social security)
- Be committed to a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle
- Be able to tolerate a diverse population of women
- Show proof of a current TB test
- Be a non-violent offender
At the time a woman is admitted into the program, she must pay two weeks of rent in advance ($60 per week) and a $20 non-refundable fee for a total of $140. Each resident is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of her own room and required to complete a four-session financial literacy course, meet with a social worker at least quarterly, and attend monthly program meetings.
The YWCA Downtown Center’s central location allows residents to access public transportation, employment, social services, and markets for groceries and basic needs.