El Paso del Norte Region

Transitional Living Center

The face of homelessness is changing; with women and children becoming the fastest growing portion of the homeless population. YWCA El Paso del Norte Region’s Transitional Living Center provides a bridge to successful independence for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The YWCA provides all participants support through counseling, financial empowerment services and educational opportunities to assist them in achieving self-sufficiency providing a safe and secure housing environment in a manner that builds self-respect, 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 stay is less than one year.

Program Participants

- case management
- assistance with accessing day-care
- assistance with accessing transportation
- certified parenting classes
- assistance in accessing educational/vocational opportunities
- children’s programs such as tutoring, Boys and Girl Scouts, and advocacy
- direct access to GED training
- job development
- life-skills classes  

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 or trauma.


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. Since its inception, the TLC has provided housing and support to 1,353 women and their children. 39 women and their children can live at the TLC for up to 2 years - with the average length of stay being less than one year - while actively pursuing self-identified and mutually agreed upon goals. The women work closely with a case manager and participate in support groups with other women and children in the program. Transitional Housing Support Groups offer participants opportunities for educational and enriching experiences while promoting positive peer support, collective sharing, and an increased sense of community.
The YWCA Transitional Housing Program Empowers Women to:
• Obtain and remain in permanent housing
• Increase their job training skills and/or income
• Achieve greater self-determination and self-sufficiency


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.