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Housing Stabilization and Homelessness Prevention

The City of Seattle places a high priority on ending homelessness and supporting programs that help people who have low incomes to secure and maintain stable, affordable housing. Homelessness prevention programs allow low-income households that are at high risk of being evicted or otherwise losing their rented home to resolve the issues leading to their housing crisis.

Services are available to at-risk households in subsidized housing or market-rate rental housing. Nonprofit service providers funded by the Seattle Human Services Department deliver a range of housing stabilization services, including creating and supporting individual plans with goals and concrete steps to prevent eviction, stabilize living conditions and maintain long-term housing.

City of Seattle General Fund, Seattle Housing Levy, and Community Development Block Grant allocations to nonprofit, community-based organizations are determined through a competitive process that is conducted by the Seattle Human Services Department. Funding depends upon program performance and funding availability. In 2013, $1.1 million was distributed.

Seattle Homelessness Prevention programs are using the King County 2-1-1 Community Information Line as a primary referral point.

2013 Funded Agencies and Programs


If you are in need of basic human services or assistance, please contact the King County 211 by dialing 211 or 1-800-621-4636.

If you don't need eviction prevention services but you have questions about Seattle Human Services Department program policy, call 206-684-0266 or e-mail

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.