Transplant House 


Founded by transplant recipients, Transplant House is a grassroots nonprofit organization that provides the region’s most affordable and home-like residences for people awaiting or recovering from transplants.

Our patients represent a cross-section of the Pacific Northwest and range in age from small infants to retirees. Transplant patients often travel far beyond their local hospital for transplant surgery where they face limited housing choices. Once patients "move" to the top of a donor list, they are typically required to be in residence within a short drive of the hospitals they await surgery. Housing may be needed immediately; stays vary from weeks to months, depending on the availability of donor organs and recovery time post-surgery. Because of patients' immune-suppressed state, sterile living environments are required to reduce risk of infection. Transplant House fills an important gap in housing by providing apartments that are furnished, cleaned, and maintained following strict protocols established by the University of Washington Medical Center.

Mission Statement
Transplant House is a home away from home for people who must uproot their lives and move to Seattle to await or recover from a life-saving transplant. We provide an affordable place to live and caring support to ease the transplant journey for patients and their families.
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Transplant House
PO Box 85218 
(206) 402-6290 

Liz Truong 
Executive Director 


Transplant House Programs

Once someone is notified that a transplant may be imminent, patients must live close to the hospital performing the procedure. This requires residents from all parts of the Pacific Northwest to leave the familiarity of their own homes to find a temporary place to live while waiting for and recovering from transplants.  

Transplants are expensive, even for those with health insurance. We help ease this financial burden by providing apartments at below-market rates.

Transplant House has more than 20 one- and two-bedroom furnished apartments located close to UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s, public transit, shopping and other services.     

Our ambassadors offer advice, support and comfort.    
We give patients and their loved ones more than just a place to live. We offer them emotional support. Transplant recipients and other volunteers serve as ambassadors to smooth the transition to a temporary new home and to support residents throughout their away-from-home experience. 

Ambassadors provide tips on how to enjoy neighborhood life, impart first-hand insights into what to expect during the transplant process and offer a shoulder to lean when emotions run high. With warm, reliable support from ambassadors and a comfortable, affordable place to live, transplant patients can better focus on healing. People emerge healthier and stronger from their transplants because we have provided the stable and healing environment they need to recover.   

We know what you’re going through because we’ve been there, too.    
Founded by transplant recipients, we are a grassroots nonprofit organization that provides the region’s most affordable and home-like residences for people awaiting or recovering from transplants and their loved ones. 

No one understands what it’s like to wait for, undergo and recover from a transplant like someone’s who been there before. Because we are governed by people who have shared the experience, transplant patients can trust that we understand their needs.    

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

In 2006, Transplant House began with just one housing unit and we have grown to over 20 units and counting. The demand is extremely high for housing and exponentially growing. We currently maintain nearly a 100% occupancy rate at all times and in need of expanding. 

This year in 2014, Spring has officially sprung and we have 5 apartment homes that need to be fully refurnished in our Spring Cleaning Campaign by the end of this year! This is vital for us to continue to provide an comfortable place to live and caring support to ease the transplant journey for Transplant House guests and their families. 

Beginning in 2015, we will start our capital campaign to build and own our building, housing at least 40 units in the University District near the UW Medical Center. This capital campaign requires at least $13M in funding and we are excited to get this project started! 


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