ywca family center

family center

The YWCA Family Center provides emergency shelter and critical services to stabilize homeless families in central Ohio. A national model, our goal is to help families find housing within 3 weeks of entering the program.

snapshot of homeless families

In 2015, of our 1,117 families and
2,065 children served:


of children were below the age of 5


was the average family size


of parents were 18-24 years old


female head of household


was the average annual income of families


families served since opening in 2005

our impact

To assist our families with rapid re-housing, we offer a breadth of services under one roof:

direct family assistance
Our families receive healthy meals, warm beds, basic need items, and transportation assistance while they stay with us.

family advocate
Each family is assigned a family advocate who assists with housing, job counseling and services for children. Parents receive an education in economic development to increase their standard of living.

ohio benefit bank site
One of the first things parents do on site at the Family Center is register for government benefits such as: food stamps, social security benefits, Medicaid/medicare.

Parents spend their days searching for jobs and housing knowing their children are in award-winning childcare programs. Because of our partner, Project Connect, and our value on learning for life, students are bussed to their school of origin during their Family Center stay.

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"I left my home and everything I had to get out of an abusive situation. The YWCA Family Center has taken great care of me and my children. We have had warm beds, good meals and lots of people who care about us.

Because of the YWCA’s support, we now have a new home, and I have a job that makes good use of my master’s degree. I am so blessed."

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