Grant awarded to YWCA Central Carolinas, Women In Transition (WIT)
The Foundation is pleased to again support WIT, a program at YWCA Central Carolinas, WIT is the primary comprehensive transitional housing program in the greater Charlotte area serving single women who have suffered homelessness. They can house up to 66 women at a time on their Park Road campus, where participants receive case management services, have access to their fitness center, educational workshops and social activities. Women can participate for up to 18 months while they gain the skills and resources necessary to attain and maintain permanent long-term housing.
WIT served a total of 105 women last year. Of those, 45 women graduated from our program and 34 (of 76%) successfully moved into permanent housing. Of the 45 who graduated, 42 women (or 93%) successfully eliminated at least one identified house barrier; a reduction of eviction/utility debt, increased/maintained savings and increased/maintained income. Of the women we could contact 6 months post exit, 90% remained permanently housed. They measure the number/percent of participants who invest themselves in the WIT program for a minimum of four months and enter permanent housing after completing the program; the number/percent of participants who remain permanently housed six months after successfully completing the program; the number/percent of participants who identify housing barriers and create steps to eliminate them within 2 months of entry; the number/percent of participants who have successfully eliminated at least one of the identified housing barriers at exit; the number/percent of participants who establish or maintain financial stability (by reducing or eliminating debt, increasing or maintaining savings, establishing credit, repairing credit scores, etc.).