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Shelter and Housing

Stable housing provides the foundation for stable living. The City of Seattle funds a variety of shelter, transitional housing and housing support services for homeless and low-income individuals and families.

In addition, as part of its commitment to implementing the Ten-Year Plan to End Homeless in King County, the City has adopted a housing first strategy, which provides homeless people permanent housing with immediate access to services critical to stabilizing their lives. This includes education, job training, and finding treatment for a medical, mental health or addiction problems.

Shelter and Housing Support Services funded by the City of Seattle: is a free resource to help you find a home anywhere in King County that fits your needs and budget. Property owners and managers throughout the county can post apartments or homes for rent any time, which means that the HousingSearchNW list is always current. The website is accessible 24 hours a day, while a toll-free call center (1-877-428-8844) is open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Interpretation in a number of languages is available through the call center. is sponsored by the City of Seattle, King County, the Seattle Housing Authority, the King County Housing Authority and the United Way of King County, and supported by the Tenants Union and the Rental Housing Association.

Need Help?

If youre in need of shelter, basic human services or assistance, please contact the 211 Community Information Line at 2-1-1 or 1-800-621-4636 or 206-461-3200 or visit 211 Community Information Line.

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.