Compass Housing Alliance Programs
Compass Housing Alliance Day Services are designed to help those in crisis and living on the streets work toward stability, independence and healthy community life. They include: hygiene services (laundry, showers, restrooms), mail, banking, and eviction prevention. Our four emergency overnight shelters provide a safe place to sleep and the opportunity to engage with counselors and take the next steps toward a more healthy life.
These programs allow clients to work with a case manager, set goals and stabilize income, with the objective of moving into permanent housing. Longer client stays (6-24 months) help develop more supportive relationships between clients and case managers. Compass operates a 32-room women’s program, a 78-bed men’s program and 16 shared transitional homes in neighborhoods across Seattle. We also offer 44+ units of family housing in our HomeStep Program which takes a holistic approach to helping families gain stability and permanent housing.
Compass develops and manages low-income properties that are rented by families and individuals at or below 30% of the Area Median Income. In 2009, the average annual household income was about $22,000. Five properties provide housing to around 500 people, half of whom are children. One building is for seniors over age 55. Property coordinators organize social activities and community building programs, and residents work together to maintain the properties.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Nyer Urness House
Opened in April of 2013, the building located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood provides 80 units of housing to formerly homeless adults. Intensive supportive services and case management are provided to help the tenants be successful in their new housing situation.
Dekko Place Apartments
Opened in April of 2012, the building provides 50 units of workforce housing above Gethsemane Lutheran church in downtown Seattle. A number of the units are set aside for people who have disabilities or were homeless.
Compass Veterans Center – Renton
In September 2010, we celebrated the opening of this building. Compass has a long history of focusing housing programs on the needs particular to homeless people who have served in the military. This is our first project that provides housing for homeless veterans with families, as well as single veterans. The program features 20 family apartments, 38 single units, community spaces, an outdoor play area, computer lab, case management services, and children’s programming.
Current Donation Needs
We are in the business of helping people get clean and get a night's rest. Our biggest in-kind needs are hygiene supplies, sheets, and towels. Please see our listing of other needs and our in-kind donation policy
at our website.