YWCA of Seattle - King County - Snohomish County 


The YWCA opens doors to opportunity for women and families facing poverty, violence and discrimination. With 120 years of experience, the YWCA is the leading organization for moving women and families out of crisis and empowering them to achieve lasting independence.

Mission Statement
The mission of the YWCA is to advance the quality of life for women of all ages, races, and faiths and their families. In support of this mission, the YWCA provides services to meet critical needs, promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence, eliminate racism and achieve equal opportunities for all people.
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YWCA of Seattle - King County - Snohomish County
1118 Fifth Avenue 
(206) 461-4888 

Ms. Sue Sherbrooke 
Chief Executive Officer 


YWCA of Seattle - King County - Snohomish County Programs

Ongoing services for 11,330 people, including 3,902 children. Providing an extensive range of housing and services, including: Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women in downtown Seattle, emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable permanent housing, eviction prevention and personalized case management.

Ongoing services for 7,647 people. Promoting independence and resilience through employment services, college enrollment and navigation assistance, access to professional clothing and networking opportunities, self-directed job search, and specialized case management.

Ongoing services for 1,105 people, including 904 children. Helping children and youth develop the skills they need for successful lives through high quality child care, the GirlsFirst leadership program, counseling for children who have witnessed domestic violence, and support for teen parents.

Ongoing services for 4,804 people, including 683 children. Fulfilling a variety of essential needs, including access to health care and mental health counseling, domestic violence education and support, as well as community engagement on matters of social justice, advocacy and volunteerism.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

In 2012, the YWCA connected more than 51,000 people in King and Snohomish counties with housing and shelter, employment training, domestic violence services, youth programs and more. A few highlighted achievements include:
  • Providing 6,167 hours of mental health services to individuals and families in Snohomish County.Connecting 2,975 job seekers with 98 local employers at 13 different job and resource fairs in Seattle and South King County.
  • Piloting an innovative housing and service model in South King County that ended or prevented homelessness for all 71 families served.
  • As our economy slowly recovers, stability remains elusive for those hit hardest by the recession, many of whom were women and people of color. Some of the factors currently impacting our community include cuts to social services, increased housing costs, a disproportionately high percentage of homeless and unemployed veterans, and increased poverty in suburban areas of King and Snohomish counties.
Government funding for programs remains unreliable, which makes private funding sources even more critical to our success. Our YWCA is faced with the challenge of growing our services in the suburbs, while still meeting the needs of urban populations, and finding solutions to the unique needs of targeted populations, including veterans and immigrants.


The YWCA provides a continuum of comprehensive housing and support services to help families achieve long term housing stability and improve their economic self sufficiency.

Proven Success
The YWCA continues to add housing units to their portfolio. Two thirds of their budget is dedicated to housing and they provide emergency, transitional and permanent housing for women and children. They currently operate 885 units of housing. YWCA Passage Point, located at the former Cedar Hills substance abuse treatment facility in Maple Valley, was completed in June 2011 and provides 46 units of supportive housing and services.

The YWCA Family Village at Issaquah is a 203,000 square foot facility on donated property in Issaquah Highlands that includes: 146 apartments for people with incomes 0-60% of median, including 10 units set aside for families transitioning from a period of homelessness to stability; a child care center for 150 children, including 41 subsidized slots for low-income working families; employment services and family support.

Use of Best Practices
The Landlord Liaison Project (LLP) is managed by the YWCA. It is a partnership among landlords, property managers, participating human services agencies and homeless people with barriers to accessing permanent housing. The goal of LLP is to offer homeless individuals and families who were previously denied by landlords help with accessing permanent housing, signing leases and moving into otherwise vacant units. As of 2009, they have placed more than 1,335 households in rental units who faced significant housing barriers. The program in now positioned to expand with additional funds from the City of Seattle and King County.

Financial Health
YWCA’s revenue comes from a variety of sources. Although 48% of their 2012 budget is from government funds, they come from over 150 separate grants given by over 25 different government entities. A majority of their public funds are federal dollars that pass thru the state and county. The City of Seattle has sustained their level of support.

Two years ago YWCA launched the Women Empowered (WE) Campaign in an effort to raise money to meet the increased needs of women in the community. The goal was to raise $26.5 million in operating, capital and endowment funds by December 2012. As of August 2012 they had raised $22.5 million and were committed to securing the remaining $3.95 million by the end of the year.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

10/21/2015 $17,500.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2013 $20,000.00provide general operating support.
3/10/2012 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2011 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/10/2009 $60,000.00support the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah Capital Campaign.
6/21/2007 $10,000.00expand the GirlsFirst program to reach girls enrolled in alternative high schools.


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