Permanent Housing for Women with Children


The YWCA Central Alabama offers affordable housing opportunities for low-income single women with children (no male children over age 12) pursing a life of stability in a safe and nurturing environment.

What is this housing like?

The YWCA maintains 14 furnished, two-bedroom apartments in downtown Birmingham. Monthly rent, which includes utilities, varies by income. Each two-bedroom apartment unit includes a galley kitchen equipped with a stove, microwave, refrigerator and sink and a private bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. Community laundry machines are located on each floor. To view an apartment unit, click here

The YWCA has 24-hour staff coverage. Access to housing floors is limited to residents and guests. Overnight male visitors over the age of 12 are not allowed. A security guard is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Who is eligible?

Women with children interested in assistance must meet the following criteria: 

  • Single female
  • Head of household must be at least 19 years old
  • No male children over 12 years old

Income Requirements

Household must meet an annual income threshold of $11,000. The applicant's income may not exceed applicable income limits designated for this property; these income limits change annually and are based on HUD income limits for the area and household.

How do I apply?

If you believe you or someone you know is in need of permanent housing and might meet the criteria noted on this site, email the housing office or call 205.322.7867.

Note: The YWCA accepts Shelter Plus Care (S+C) and Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8), though having such assistance is not a requirement for housing.