Community Housing

YWCA Central Alabama’s Housing Department is committed to providing excellent housing and supportive programming for women, children and families within Central Alabama. We work every day to ensure equal and fair access to a variety of housing types to accommodate multiple needs, and we strive to uphold the dignity of each person we are privileged to serve. YWCA Central Alabama has a variety of temporary and permanent housing options for individuals and families. 

Shelter for victims of domestic violence

If you are fleeing a domestic violence situation, contact YWCA's 24-hour Crisis Line immediately at 205.322.4878, or call the statewide hotline at 1.800.650.6522. 

YWCA operates two shelters at confidential locations in Jefferson and St. Clair counties for women and children fleeing abusive homes. Our counselors help them make safety plans, obtain jobs or job training and work toward independence and self-sufficiency. These shelters serve Blount, Jefferson and St. Clair counties.

Housing for families in crisis

If you are experiencing homelessness and are either a two-parent family with children, a single mother with at least one male child 10 years old or older, or a single father with children of any age, you may be eligible for emergency housing through the YWCA’s Interfaith Hospitality House. For immediate assistance, please call Interfaith Hospitality House at 205.591.4302.

Permanent housing

  • Permanent housing for single women:
    YWCA offers one-bedroom affordable permanent housing for low-income single women pursuing a life of stability and independence.
  • Permanent housing for single women with children:
    YWCA Central Alabama offers affordable housing opportunities for low-income single women with children (no male children over age 12) pursuing a life of stability in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Permanent housing for single men or women with or without children, and families:
    Our YWoodlawn housing initiative includes new and renovated apartments in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Birmingham. This urban neighborhood revitalization project is driven by the demand for safe, decent and affordable housing in the Woodlawn neighborhood. The project also includes a Family Resource Center.

    YWCA works in partnership with the community to create a healthy and sustainable environment for individuals and families. If you are single, a single parent with children or a two-parent family, you may be eligible for YWCA’s income-based permanent housing in Woodlawn, which offers two-and three-bedroom apartments. 
  • Permanent housing for seniors and disabled individuals
    YWCA Central Alabama offers a continuum of residential programs for seniors and disabled individuals. We operate one permanent housing facility specifically tailored to the needs of this population in Homewood, Alabama. 
  • Permanent housing for developmentally disabled individuals:
    If you or someone you care for is developmentally disabled, you may be interested in learning more about YWCA’s mainstream housing, which provides rental housing in St. Clair and Jefferson counties. For more information, contact the housing office by email here or by calling 205.322.9922, ext. 178.

Transitional housing for single women

YWCA Central Alabama offers a temporary housing program for low-income, single women who are homeless or in need of housing as a result of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. Our transitional housing program temporarily houses women in partially furnished apartments in preparation for permanent housing. Participants will be offered case management and supportive services during their tenancy and housing stabilization.

Transitional housing for single women with children

YWCA Central Alabama offers a temporary housing program for low-income, single women with children (no male children over age 12) who are homeless or in need of housing as a result of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. Our transitional housing program temporarily houses women with children in partially furnished apartments in preparation for permanent housing. Participants will be offered case management and supportive services during their tenancy and housing stabilization.

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