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.
- 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.
- Schedule an interview with a member of our front desk staff: (865) 523-6126.
- Complete interview with a member of housing staff to determine acceptance into program or referral to other programs.
- 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.
- 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.
Applicants to the program must meet the following requirements:
- Be 18 years or older, with no children in their care
- Provide proof of at least part-time employment or other form of stable income, such as social security
- Be committed to a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle
- Be tolerant of a diverse population of women
- Provide proof of a current TB test
- 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.
- Contact the YWCA at 865-523-6126 to schedule an intake with our Anderson County Transitional Housing Coordinator.
- Complete and return application at program intake.
- Transitional housing coordinator will work with you to determine next steps.
- Must be a resident of Anderson County.
- Must be a recent victim of domestic violence, in need of housing due to domestic violence.