Poverty and Homelessness

Agape House – “The Agape House employs a preventative model, a bridge of non-time limited housing and education/training for the homeless, underserved, aging out foster care woman in order to address sexual trafficking and homelessness.”

All Home - "All Home (formerly the Committee to End Homelessness) is a community-wide partnership to make homelessness in King County rare, brief and one-time. We bring together local governments, religious institutions, non-profits, philanthropic organizations, shelter and housing providers, the private sector and engaged citizens in a coordinated effort that both responds to the immediate crisis of homeless individuals and addresses the root causes of the problem in our region."

Be:Seattle - "We strive to connect people with resources through innovative projects and are dedicated to training the next generation of community organizers."

Casa Latina - "As a vibrant, immigrant worker rights organization, Casa Latina empowers low-wage Latino immigrants to move from economic insecurity to economic prosperity and to lift their voices to take action around public policy issues that affect them." 

Centerstone - "Centerstone helps Seattle residents in need meet their basic needs and get on the path to self-sufficiency by providing food and immediate financial relief to pay energy bills and avoid eviction."

Chief Seattle Club - "Located in the city's historic Pioneer Square district, the Chief Seattle Club provides a safe and sacred place to rest, revive and nurture the spirit of urban Native peoples in need. We believe in the power of our ancestral ways, and preserving them means fostering a sense of community among those without one to call their own."

Columbia Legal Services - "Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty. We seek to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities we serve."

Community Lunch on Capitol Hill - "Community Lunch on Capitol Hill provides hot, nutritious meals and survival services to hundreds of homeless and low-income people of Seattle. We welcome them as our guests in an atmosphere of hospitality, comfort and support. By sharing meals four times each week, we create community together. Meals are open to all, and no sign-in is required."

Compass Housing Alliance - "In the Lutheran tradition of caring through service, Compass Housing Alliance develops and provides essential services and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in the greater Puget Sound region."

Downtown Emergency Services Center - "DESC works to end the homelessness of vulnerable people: those living with mental or addictive illnesses. Through an integrated array of comprehensive services, treatment and housing, we give people the opportunity to reach their highest potential."

Elizabeth Gregory Home - "Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) serves single homeless women in the greater Seattle area by providing transitional housing, a day center and case management services."

Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County - "Emergency Feeding Program aims to alleviate hunger. There are 1 million people in Washington at risk of going hungry tonight. EFP works with partner agencies to make nutritious food available WHEN and WHERE people need it." 

FamilyWorks - "With a combination of a food bank and a family resource center, FamilyWorks offers people in the neighborhood a unique opportunity to truly nourish and strengthen their bodies, minds and spirit in a positive, supportive environment."

FareStart - "Our work is based on three beliefs. That food is central to our emotional, physical, and economic well-being. That people have incredible capacity to transform their lives when they have the right tools and support. And solutions that provide real value to a community have the best hope of lasting."

Food Bank at St. Mary’s – “Supporting our Community with Hospitality, Respect, and Nutritious Food”

Food Lifeline - "Working with the food industry and its surpluses, we come up with creative solutions to stopping hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. We provide 91,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs, and that, combined with our policy work, creates a sustainable approach to stopping hunger."

Greater Seattle Cares - "Greater Seattle Cares is a faith-based, non-discriminatory non-profit organization that provides a vehicle for local communities to connect with homeless encampments in Western Washington for the provision of the residents’ daily needs and to facilitate their transition to independent living."

Habitat for Humanity - "Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope."

Heroes for the Homeless - "Heroes for the Homeless provides emergency services to our neighbors living outdoors without cost, expectation, or judgment. We have chosen to serve the most vulnerable of the homeless and operate entirely with a volunteer staff."

Homestead Community Land Trust - "Homestead Community Land Trust preserves and advances access to permanently affordable homeownership as a means to create thriving, equitable and inclusive communities. Our work empowers individuals, stabilizes families and strengthens neighborhoods in the Greater Seattle/King County area."

Housing Development Consortium - "Through education, advocacy and leadership, HDC supports and inspires its members as they work collaboratively to meet the housing needs of limited-income people throughout King County."

Immanuel Community Services - "Our mission is to alleviate the effects of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and addiction by providing community-based social services to those in need."

Jewish Family Service - "JFS helps vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound region achieve well-being, health and stability."

Jubilee Women's Center - "Jubilee Women’s Center supports women experiencing poverty to build stable and ful­filling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time. Led by the guiding principle that women of all races and cultures are to be treated with respect and dignity, Jubilee provides programs and services that empower women to make positive life changes."

Kawabe House - "The mission of Kawabe Memorial House is to provide quality, secure and affordable housing with culturally sensitive programs and services."

Legal Counsel for Youth and Children - "Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC) provides specialized, holistic legal advocacy for children in child welfare proceedings and other juvenile court matters. LCYC works to ensure each child’s voice is heard, unique legal rights protected, court experience enriched and life improved.  LCYC advises youth who are or are at risk of becoming homeless."

Low Income Housing Institute - "The Low Income Housing Institute develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington State; advocates for just housing policies at the local and national levels; and administers a range of supportive service programs to assist those we serve in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency."

Mary's Place - "Empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community."

Mission to Seafarers – “To care for and provide basic provisions, both physically and spiritually, to seafarers that come into the Port of Seattle.”

Mockingbird Society – “To improve foster care and end youth homelessness.”

Northwest Harvest - "Northwest Harvest is Washington's own statewide hunger relief agency. Our mission is leading the fight for hungry people statewide to have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health. Our vision is ending hunger in Washington."

Operation Sack Lunch - "We are a non profit on a mission to bring food that is nutritional and safe to all those who struggle with hunger in our community. We do this through the creation and delivery of nutritionally dense no-cost meals and by being instrumental in advocating for and supporting an equitable food system for all."

Path with Art – “Path with Art transforms the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability.”

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets - "We exist to support homeless and at-risk youth and young adults to become empowered to lead positive and self-sufficient lives. Our philosophy and practice of inclusion has allowed us to develop low access barriers to engage young people who are at risk of falling through gaps in community services."

Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank - "Pike Market Food Bank serves the basic needs of the low-income families, seniors, and individuals in the Pike Place Market and downtown neighborhood."

Pike Place Market Foundation - "Pike Place Market Foundation supports the heart and soul of the Market – its people. By helping our neighbors who work, learn and live in and around the Market, the Foundation helps the Market you love remain a thriving, caring community."

The Prosperity Agenda – “Working with nonprofit and government agencies that serve families, we deliver pragmatic innovations to stop intergenerational poverty.”

Puget Sound Sage - "Puget Sound Sage’s mission is to build communities where all families thrive. Using a combination of research, policy, leadership development, and civic engagement, Puget Sound Sage is creating equitable and sustainable solutions for some of the region’s most pressing problems." 

Queen Anne Food Bank - "Queen Anne Food Bank provides healthy food assistance to low-income and homeless people in Seattle. The program serves every person that comes to our door in need, without discrimination and with respect and dignity."

Queen Anne Help Line - "Queen Anne Helpline improves the lives of our neighbors in need by providing emergency assistance for housing, food and basic needs."

​Rainier Valley Food Bank - "Our mission is simple: To provide healthy food for our hungry neighbors. Our vision is a hunger free Rainier Valley."

Real Change – “Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice.”

Rebuilding Together Seattle – “Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities.”

Redeeming Soles – “Redeeming Soles is committed to providing proper footwear both directly to underprivileged men, women and children throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

​ROOTS - "ROOTS Young Adult Shelter builds community and fosters dignity through access to essential services and a safe place to sleep for young adults experiencing homelessness."

Rotary First Harvest – “Feed the hungry with surplus nutritious food, access and improve food distribution and transportation systems, develop and share innovative hunger relief solutions, and engage Rotarians in hunger relief.”


The Salvation Army – “The Salvation Army's mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

Seattle Comunity Law Center - "The SCLC mission is to provide accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability."

Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE))/Women's Housing, Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL) – We “are partnered grassroots organizations of homeless and formerly homeless men and women working together to solve and survive homelessness.”

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness - "We work tirelessly to advance reasonable solutions and solid program models; to protect and strengthen the civil rights and dignity of people who are homeless and poor; and to accomplish legislative victories that promote housing, human services, and the public good at the local, state and federal levels."

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission – “We provide emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in Seattle. We’ll serve, rescue and transform those in need until we’ve solved the root causes of poverty and homelessness.”

Seattle Youth Ministries – “To provide youth in Seattle’s University District with life-skills, resources and relationships that bring hope and healing to their lives and the community.”

Society of St Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County – “Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic volunteer organization, leads individuals to join together to offer person-to-person service to the poor and the suffering. And in doing this work, we all enrich our lives spiritually.”

Solid Ground - "Solid Ground works to end poverty and undo racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty."

Teen Feed – “Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets.”

Tenants Union – “The mission of the Tenants Union (TU) is to foster housing justice through empowerment-based education, outreach, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy. Founded in 1977, the TU carries on a proud legacy of work to create concrete improvements in tenants' living conditions and challenge and transform unjust housing policies and practices. As a membership organization, the TU's work is grounded in the strong conviction that tenants must be the leaders of efforts to transform our housing conditions and communities.”

Unemployment Law Project – “The Unemployment Law Project provides low-cost representation and free advice and counsel to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is being challenged.”

United Churches Emergency Fund – “We believe that everybody deserves a home. Since 1986, United Churches Emergency Fund has devoted its energy to passionately advocate for the prevention of homelessness.

University Congregational Housing Association – “Out of a desire to be hands for God's work, our mission is to work in creative ways to prevent homelessness and to provide housing for people in need.”

University District Food Bank – “Our mission is to provide individuals and families who are in need with food and access to a network of community resources that helps them achieve self-sufficiency.”

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance – “The mission of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is to lead the movement to ensure that all our residents thrive in safe, healthy, affordable homes. We do this through advocacy, education, and organizing.”

Wellspring Family Services – “Our mission is to build emotionally healthy, self-sufficient families and a nonviolent community in which they can thrive.  We achieve our mission through the effective provision of social and mental health services that help strengthen families, addressing a broad range of issues that can negatively affect their lives. “

West Seattle Food Bank – “West Seattle Food Bank is committed to providing food security and community connections to our neighbors in need.”

West Seattle Helpline – “The West Seattle Helpline is a nonprofit social service agency offering emergency assistance for our West Seattle neighbors.  Our mission is to empower our neighbors to regain their self-sufficiency after facing an emergency or unexpected hardship.  We fulfill our mission by providing information, referrals, clothing, bus tickets, and rent and utility assistance to help low-income families in need.  We strive to strengthen our community through our philosophy of “neighbors helping neighbors.”

WestSide Baby - “WestSide Baby, in partnership with our community, provides essentials to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothes, books and equipment.”

White Center Food Bank – “Our mission is to minimize hunger while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance, and embracing our rich cultural diversity.”

Windermere Foundation – “For the past 28 years, the Windermere Foundation has donated a portion of the proceeds from every home  purchased or sold towards supporting low-income and homeless families in our communities. What started in 1989 as a grassroots foundation serving families in need in  Washington State, has grown to encompass ten states and has raised over $33 million for programs and organizations that provide shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those who need our help most.”

Within Reach – “WithinReach’s mission is to connect families across Washington to vital food and health resources.”

Washington Philanthropic Investment Group – “The Women’s Philanthropic Investment Group of Seattle’s mission is to invest in helping women and children in need move toward self-sufficiency and stability through advocacy, outreach, and charitable giving.”

Youth Care – “YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.”

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