Women’s Housing Program: Downtown Knoxville

The YWCA Downtown Center has been a home and safe space for women in need for nearly a century.  Women come to the YWCA for a variety of reasons and with a variety of 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.

Application Process:

  1. Complete and return application form.  The form is available to view online here, but all forms must be submitted via mail or in-person.  Applications will not be accepted via email or online.
  2. Schedule an interview with a member of our front desk staff: (865) 523-6126.
  3. Complete interview with a member of housing staff to determine acceptance into program or referral to other programs.
  4. Wait-listed?  Due to intense demand for services, the program often operates on a wait-list.  Applicants must call daily and check-in with staff, in order to keep their place on the waiting list.
  5. Admitted into the program?  At the time of admittance into the program, all participants must pre-pay two weeks of rent ($60/week) and a $20 non-refundable fee, for a total of $140.

Other Requirements:

Applicants to the program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be 18 years or older, with no children in their care
  2. Provide proof of at least part-time employment or other form of stable income, such as social security
  3. Be committed to a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle
  4. Be tolerant of a diverse population of women
  5. Provide proof of a current TB test
  6. Be a non-violent offender

Scattered Site Transitional Housing: Anderson County

In Fall 2017, the YWCA began offering the Safer and Stronger Transitional Housing Program, which offers scattered-site transitional housing to victims of domestic violence and their families.  This program is specifically for residents of Anderson County who are fleeing a domestic violence situation. This program offers financial education, parenting education, and trauma informed care, including support groups and classes specifically for victims of domestic violence.

Application Process:

  1. Contact the YWCA at 865-523-6126 to schedule an intake with our Anderson County Transitional Housing Coordinator.
  2. Complete and return application at program intake.
  3. Transitional housing coordinator will work with you to determine next steps.

Other Requirements:

  1. Must be a resident of Anderson County.
  2. Must be a recent victim of domestic violence, in need of housing due to domestic violence.