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 2017, of our 537 families and
1,061 children served:


of children were below the age of 5


was the average family size


of parents were 18-24 years old


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 advocacy
Each family is assigned a family advocate who assists with housing and job search. They also refer parents and children to onsite and community based services such as childcare, financial literacy, mental health, healthcare and eviction prevention education.

employment and resource center
One way we support families is through a space where adults can use technology to search for jobs and housing. Parents work with family advocates, partner agencies, and volunteers for assistance while in the ERC.

We offer award-winning childcare so that parents can spend worry-free days searching for new homes and jobs. Because of our partnership with Project Connect and our value on preserving dignity for homeless children, we bus our students to their school of origin during their Family Center stay.

numbers that change lives


nonprofit community partners




meals served

fair housing

The policy of YWCA Columbus is to fully comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations in the area of non-discrimination in employement. Discrimination against employees and applicants due to race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, disability, age (40 years or older), military and vetern status is prohibited. Violations of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

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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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