El Paso del Norte Region

Transitional Living Center

The goal of the Transitional Living Center (TLC) is to provide a safe, secure housing environment with programming to empower women with and without children to become employed and to move into independent living and to provide such services in a manner that builds self respect and esteem and respect for others.
The Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center (TLC) provides housing for 39 homeless women at a time with or without children for up to 24 months; however, the average is less than one year. Program participants receive case management, job development, life-skills classes, assistance with accessing day-care, assistance with accessing transportation, certified parenting classes, direct access to GED training, assistance in accessing educational/vocational opportunities, children’s programs such as tutoring and Scouts, and advocacy. In addition, the TLC has certified parenting programs and an Adult Education Academy that helps women with their GED in English and Spanish. The Center is staffed 24 hours per day.  The YWCA TLC is a noted and caring place for women and children who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence and or trauma.


TLC opened in April 1993 to meet the specific needs of homeless women, particularly women with children. This facility was expanded in 2005 and doubled in size. Each year at the YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center, between 200 to 300 women and children can receive shelter and supportive services.


Measurement of Impact

The primary goal of the YWCA TLC is to help women obtain self-sufficiency and permanent housing.  The current success rate of the program is high for the YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center.  Program measurements include the following:  100% will develop a plan for self-sufficiency.  Goals will be achieved through one or more of the following:
1) Participants will develop a plan for self-sufficiency (their own action plan with specific goals).
2) Participants will increase income through employment
3) Participants will further their education and/or job training
4) Participants will obtain entitlement benefits, e.g. child support or alimony. 
Utimately, participants will learn skills or change behaviors relating to one or more of their goals by exit as documented by skills evaluation sheets and weekly case management.  

Making the Transition...

If you are a woman, with or without children, and you need assistance; please contact the YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center as soon as possible.  The TLC almost always has a waiting list. It is important for applicants to be on the waiting list as openings occur with some frequency as participants "graduate" to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
The TLC hosts informational meetings each month to discuss the program and how to apply.  Those who need to speak to a case manager can make arrangements to do so and the TLC Administrator is available to speak to groups as well. 
Questions or comments? Click here for the YWCA Contact Form and select "Programs for homeless and/or battered women" under topic.