COVID-19 Update: Children from TLC are taking advantage of EduCare's school-age tutoring program every week to provide some respite for the moms and kiddos. Families are still moving in as needed. We have been doing an adjusted food bank weekly, much like HYC. Residents are often reaching out to our Family Support Advocate to support them during this time.
TLC provides transitional housing with support services for women and children experiencing homelessness in 15 apartments and one permanent housing unit. This program includes wrap-around supportive services, support groups and parenting education classes. TLC is dedicated to helping women with children experiencing homelessness create stability in their lives where participating families may live for up to twenty-four months in one, two and three bedroom apartments. In 2020, 25 families with 44 children lived at TLC, and 5 of those families obtained more permanent housing.
Women eligible for housing are homeless and have children with them or be reuniting with them soon. To be referred to the program, a woman must complete an assessment through the Homeless Family Coordinated Assessment (HFCA) by calling Catholic Charities at (509)325-5005.
The Coordinated Assessment is based on need and prioritizes women fleeing domestic violence and those exiting a substance abuse or psychiatric treatment program. If you are fleeing domestic violence, call the YWCA Domestic Violence 24-Hour Helpline at (509)326-2255. If you have further questions about TLC, you may call the Transitional Living Center staff at (509)325-2959.
"Our first place to live together as a family."
In order to qualify for services, a family must be homeless, meaning living on the streets, in a car, in a shelter, in other transitional housing, have a current eviction notice, or fleeing domestic violence. Each family must be motivated to create change in their life and willing to make a commitment towards addressing the issues that resulted in their homelessness. TLC works with the family as a whole and provides a safe environment in which the family may heal, grow and stabilize.