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Transitional Housing

Transitional housing programs provide temporary housing and supportive services to help homeless individuals and families make the transition to long-term housing within two years.

Transitional programs offer a wide range of services including searches for long-term housing, counseling, job training and employment, education, life skills training, health care, child care, transportation, and referrals to other assistance programs.

Increased access to service-enriched transitional housing is an essential part of Seattles housing first strategy and its implementation of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homeless in King County. The City has adopted a housing first strategy, which provides homeless people permanent housing and immediate access to services critical to stabilizing their lives. This includes education, job training, or finding treatment for a medical, mental health or addiction problem.

The City of Seattle started funding transitional housing in 1985. City of Seattle General Fund and federal Housing and Urban Development allocations to nonprofit, community-based organizations are determined through a competitive process that is conducted by the Seattle Human Services Department. Funding during funding cycles depends upon program performance and funding availability. The 2013 allocation is $5.6 million.

Many of these transitional housing programs are supported by federal McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program funds.

2013 Funded Agencies and Programs


For more information about transitional housing programs for homeless people, please contact the agencies listed above or the 211 Community Information Line by dialing 211 or 1-800-621-4636.

If you don't need transitional 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.