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Shelter and Housing

Rapid Re-Housing, Housing First, and Permanent-Supportive Programs

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 access to services critical to stabilizing their lives. This includes education, job training, and finding treatment for a medical, mental health or addiction problem.

The City of Seattle supports Rapid Re-Housing and Housing First programs with Seattle General Fund and federal Housing and Urban Development allocations to nonprofit, community-based organizations.

The City also manages contracts for permanent supportive housing programs funded with federal McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program fund.

2013 Funded Agencies and Programs


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

If you don't need housing 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.