YWCA of Seattle - King County - Snohomish County Programs
Answering homelessness with safe, stable homes
The YWCA provides transitional housing with individualized life coaching and affordable permanent housing for working families, seniors and people with disabilities. YWCA Family Village at Issaquah provides 146 apartments, a child care facility for 150 children and community spaces and activities such as parenting classes and computer education. YWCA Passage Point provides permanent housing for those emerging from the corrections system who are seeking to reunite with their children. With 885 housing units in King and Snohomish counties, the YWCA is already one of the largest providers of housing for homeless women and families in our region.
Providing emergency services to sustain lives with dignity
The YWCA offers day, overnight and 90-day emergency shelters and services specifically for female victims of domestic violence and their families. We also have Angeline's Centers, one in Seattle and one in Bellevue, offering chronically homeless and very low-income women a safe, warm place to eat, do laundry, shower and get connected with resources.
Offering resources for economic self-sufficiency
At our career development and WorkSource centers, the YWCA offers vocational and technology training, specialized coaching for homeless individuals and homemakers entering the workforce, computer classes, resume help and additional resources for job-seekers. Through our Dress for Success and Working Wardrobe programs, we provide high-quality professional apparel, networking opportunities and career coaching. YWCA BankWork$ provides 8 weeks of free instruction, job placement and ongoing career coaching to low-income job seekers with an interest in the banking industry.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2011, the YWCA connected more than 64,000 people in King and Snohomish counties with vital housing and emergency services, employment training, domestic violence services, youth programs and health care access.
Last year, our YWCA saw a ten percent surge in the number we served from 2010 and an increase of 22,000 people during the past five years. The recession has disproportionately affected the poorest among us—many of whom are women and people of color—bringing even more urgency to the work of our YWCA. This increase in client need comes at a time of substantial decreases in government funding, making private funding sources an even more crucial element to meet the increased community needs.