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For Domestic Violence Survivors and their Family, Friends and Co-workers

Safe, Confidential Housing

The most dangerous time for a survivor of domestic violence is when she chooses to end the relationship. At this point, she is more likely to be harmed or even killed than at any other time during the relationship. Many survivors do leave safely, however, and careful planning with a professional domestic violence advocate can greatly increase the chances for a safe exit from a dangerous relationship.

Enriched Housing

Finding a safe and confidential place to live after leaving the relationship can be very challenging. For this reason, the City of Seattle funds service-enriched, confidential housing programs for domestic violence victims within the city. In these programs, women and children receive 24-hour supportive services from professional advocates. During this short-term stay, they develop a safety plan, seek long-term housing and work on legal issues, increasing financial stability, and finding jobs.

Hotel Vouchers

In addition to service-enriched short-term housing, the City supports an emergency hotel voucher program. Each year, roughly 175 Seattle families fleeing abuse will access vouchers through several agencies that provide comprehensive services to those affected by domestic violence. A hotel stay may last as long as one week, and will give the family the opportunity to develop safety strategies and identify another safe place to go. Fund are also available for limited move-in/rent assistance.

Transitional Housing

Many survivors of domestic violence are not able to return to their home because of ongoing safety concerns. Affordable housing is not easy to find, especially for someone without financial resources. In order to support the women and their children who become homeless because of domestic violence, the City funds longer-term housing options, where residents may stay for as long as two years. This program ensures that families may have additional support while they search for permanent housing.

Bridges to Housing is a transitional housing project funded by the
U.S. Department of Justices Office on Violence Against Women. A partnership of public and private agencies, the project will move survivors of domestic violence from crisis and homelessness to safe, stable housing. Transitional housing services (rental assistance), along with domestic violence and other supportive services, will be provided to participants for six to 24 months. Participating agencies are: International District Housing Alliance and the Salvation Army.

The City of Seattle started funding housing and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence in the 1970s. About 1,100 women and children are helped each year by the Seattle violence emergency shelters, transitional housing and hotel/motel voucher programs.

The City of Seattle contracts with nonprofit, community-based organizations to provide services. Contracting is determined through a competitive process that is conducted by the Seattle Human Services Department at least once every four years. Funding depends upon program performance and funding availability. The current four-year cycle ends in 2013. The 2012 allocation is $1,033,527.

2014 Funded Agencies and Programs


Domestic Violence and Homelessness Strategic Plan 2007-2010 was developed by the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Division Housing Committee for the City of Seattle to end homelessness for domestic violence survivors and their children. Many of the plan recommendations are consistent with those made by the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and its subcommittees. The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Division works with task forces, community-based organizations, and Committee to End Homelessness subcommittees as appropriate to implement the plans recommendations.


For more information, call the Seattle Human Services Departments Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program at 206-386-1001.

For more information about our partners and other programs and services, visit:

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.