YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Programs & Services

Housing Programs

YWCA's Keys of Hope Women's Program 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 in-take 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 program fees ($60/week) and a $20 non-refundable fee, for a total of $140.

Additional Program 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

Safer and Stronger Transitional Housing Program: Anderson County

The YWCA's Safer and Stronger Transitional Housing Program 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 YWCA at 865-523-6126 to schedule an intake with our Transitional Housing Coordinator.

2. Complete and return application at program intake.

3. Transitional housing coordinator will work with you to determine next steps.

Additional Program 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.

Scattered Site Transitional Housing: Tennessee Valley

In November 2018, with funding from the Office on Violence Against Women, the YWCA extended the Scattered-Site Transitional Housing Program. This program is available to victims of domestic violence and their families in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, Roane, and Sevier Counties who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence or stalking. 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 YWCA at 865-523-6126 to schedule an intake with our Transitional Housing Coordinator.

2. Complete and return application at program intake.

3. Transitional housing coordinator will work with you to determine next steps.

Additional Program Requirements

1. Does not have be a resident of Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, Roane or Sevier counties, but must be willing to live in those counties as a part of the program.

2. This program is for victims who are homeless or in need of transitional housing as a result of a situation of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence or stalking.