KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The YWCA of Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley routinely helps people who may not have anywhere else to turn. Soon, they will be able to help even more people when they need it most.
The organization was recently awarded a $475,000 grant in federal funding to support its housing assistance program. The Safer and Stronger transitional housing program offers rent and utility assistance for domestic violence victims. This assistance helps build independence after violent relationships and decreases homelessness for victims. In addition to secure housing, this program offers supportive services like support groups and follow up.
With more access to resources, people may be able to find a place where they can stay and be stable.
"What we do at the YWCA is we try to plant seeds and watch them grow, meaning even if this isn't the time for them to leave — if we can give them resources and let them know there are people here ready to help, then hopefully we will see them again," said Lauren Lindback, the director of victims assistance.
Officials said they have received the grant for 3 years in a row and in that time, it has helped provide homes for 34 East Tennessee families.
The YWCA also provides a program giving women a safe place to stay, the Keys of Hope program.