El Paso del Norte Region


The YWCA USA has long supported legislation related to safe and affordable housing. Whether improved housing for migrant workers, subsidized housing in urban communities, or local ordinances to improve standards, YWCA members and volunteers have researched the issues, given testimony, written letters and taken action. As the largest provider of women's shelters in the country, housing is not just theoretical but practical. YWCAs provide battered women's shelters, residences for seniors, and transition housing. This experience is basic to our advocacy work on housing and shelter.

Transitional Living

The Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center (TLC), a residential shelter for homeless women and their children, opened its doors in 1993. The TLC offers a supportive living environment and counseling services to help homeless women make the transition to independent living. The facilities serve up to 39 women and their children at a time and residents may stay for up to two years while they progress toward a self-sufficiency plan.

Independence House

In collaboration with the Junior League of El Paso, this residential facility was opened in 2000. Independence House provides "bridge housing" for women who have een victims of domestic voilence, offering them the next step toward independent living. Independence House is a mixed use facility consisting of eight apartments. Residents are charged program fees not exceeding 30% of their monthly income. The TLC has certified parenting programs and an Adult Education Academy that helps women get their GED (high school equivalency) in English and Spanish.

Senior Housing

The YWCA provides affordable housing for low income senior citizens. Adjacent to the Dorothy Woodly Hunt Branch in El Paso's Lower Valley, these 12 apartments offer independent living to senior citizens who also benefit from health, wellness and volunteer opportunities offered at the Dorothy Woodly Hunt Branch.