YWCA Central Alabama operates one of Alabama’s only permanent facilities serving two-parent families experiencing homelessness in the state of Alabama.
Through the Interfaith Hospitality House in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Birmingham, YWCA offers shelter and supportive services for up to seven families at a time and the assistance needed to move them out of homelessness into housing.
Interfaith Hospitality House is a housing facility that provides furnished two-bedroom suites to families in housing crises and up to three meals a day.
Residents share a community kitchen, dining room and living room with other residents in a comfortable facility staffed 24-hours a day. Each family is given responsibilities to share in the upkeep of the facility and must fulfill these duties in order to remain there.
Although YWCA does not charge any rent, tenancy or fees in order to participate in the Interfaith program, it does expect a commitment on the part of each family to work hard at stabilizing and move into permanent housing. To this end, all residents are required to either attend school or be employed and all children must attend school as a condition of residency.
Each family is provided with one-on-one case management and access to a range of critical family services including day-care, employment readiness skill-building and transportation assistance—all of which are geared toward equipping families for success in permanent housing.