After a strategic assessment of all YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish programs and budgets based on our commitment to effective, efficient, and impactful services, we made the difficult decision to close The Sharehouse, effective June 30, 2017.
The Sharehouse program, established in 1989 and proudly managed by YWCA since 2014, has helped more than 1,000 formerly homeless families annually turn their housing into a place they can call home.
YWCA is dedicated to a successful transition for those who are served by The Sharehouse, as well as our program staff.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Wirkman, The Sharehouse program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.767.5280.
The Sharehouse is a furniture bank for families and individuals who are transitioning from homelessness into permanent housing. It is the only program of its kind in King County.
Moving a family or individual into an empty apartment after a period of homelessness does not take them very far from homelessness. Moving into is expensive and stressful for anyone, but especially for those who have experienced homelessness. Our program makes it possible for clients to establish a safe and secure new household, while also helping restore their dignity and self-sufficiency. The Sharehouse helps turn housing into homes by providing the most basic necessities such as beds, linens, and dishes.
Last year, working with approximately 50 member agencies throughout King County, we helped 2,342 people (including 954 children under 18) establish 1,166 new households. In doing so, we also kept more than 20,000 items donated by community members and local businesses out of our area landfills.
The basic necessities provided by the Sharehouse are critically important for families and individuals who are working hard to reclaim their lives. As one recipient said, “I wanted to tell you that you make a positive difference in people’s lives. I can’t express enough how this has helped us in rebuilding and giving more a sense of home. So here’s a big thank you from my heart to your efforts and resilience to change the world one needy person at a time.”
Member agencies report that families and individuals who have utilized the Sharehouse are twice as likely to be in stable housing after two years. As a staffer from one of our member agencies remarked, “Thank you for your support and tremendous patience with me, my clients, and their interpreters. Your staff went above and beyond what was expected. I appreciate all the work your team does in making this service available!”