Grant awarded to YWCA Central Carolinas
Congratulations to the YWCA Central Carolinas, they have been awarded a $25,000 grant for their Women in Transition Program (WIT).
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. Last year, 83% of
women who participated for four months or longer exited the program into permanent housing,
successfully moving from a situation of instability to one of security.
Funds from a grant from the McQuade Foundation will be used to fund the various operations of the WIT
program. Funds will be spent during their 2017 fiscal year.
To measure success, the YWCA measures the number of participants who remain in permanent housing
for 4, 6, and 12 months after completion of the program. In cases where women do not remain in permanent
housing, data is pulled to understand which barriers they faced. Also, data is pulled on the number of
women who open and maintain a checking/savings account upon exit and the number of women who
maintain or increase income upon completion of the program. This data helps the Y understand what is
and isn’t working.