With residences in north Capitol Hill and the University District, Jubilee Women’s Center offers affordable, safe community housing, individual care management, resources and guidance while residents work toward independent living. Jubilee is committed to long-term change and gives women the stability and time they need to make systemic changes in their lives. Residents stay an average of 18 months before moving into independent living.
The main home, a former convent, houses 27 residents at one time in addition to staff offices. The 13,000 square foot facility promotes community living through shared living spaces including a living room, large kitchen, dining room, computer lab, laundry room, free clothing boutique and landscaped ornamental and vegetable gardens. Each resident has a private bedroom with a single bed, desk and closet.
Jubilee’s adjacent “612” house, a beautiful 1907 prairie-style home, has room for seven women. All residents have access to the small fitness room and meditation room on the lowest floor.
Sojourner Place, the newest in the Jubilee community, accommodates 10 women in the U-District residence and can accept homeless pregnant women as well.
Jubilee’s Housing Program
While living at Jubilee, residents are expected to be full participants in our program, including shared household responsibilities and a weekly house meeting. Residents are active contributors to Jubilee and their Seattle community and pay 30% of their monthly income in rent, with a $50 minimum, in order to build a positive rental history.
Women in Jubilee’s housing program receive dedicated care management from experienced professionals who provide support, coaching and advocacy. Care managers help each resident map her own pathway to a successful future, providing high-quality services based on individual needs. Care managers help women achieve their goals within each area of development by connecting women with technology, life skills and job readiness classes held on-site at Jubilee, or with partner organizations in the community.
Eligibility Requirements for Jubilee’s Housing Program
- Adult female
- Low income ($18,540 as defined by HUD 30% area median income) and able to pay 30% of your monthly income in rent ($50 minimum), to build a positive rental history
- Six months of continual sobriety and commitment to remain clean and sober while in the program; Jubilee prohibits use of alcohol or drugs on-site
- Willingness and ability to live in a community setting
- Willingness to participate in shared community responsibilities
- Commitment to working toward independent housing
- Commitment to working on personal goals
- No history showing inability to live cooperatively in a community setting
- Positive references
* Criminal history may affect eligibility
If you fit the eligibility requirements, please see below for how to apply. If not, we would be happy to refer you to a resource that would be a better fit for your particular needs. Call us at 206.324.1244 or email us with questions, to request an application or for a referral. Or, drop in at the main office during our regular hours.
Apply for Jubilee’s Housing Program
Step 1: Fill out the Housing Application completely
- Download the application below. Or, to get one by fax, e-mail or regular mail, contact us at 206.324-1244 or by email.
- Identify three (3) Professional References who have known you for at least six months (when possible). Examples of references: previous landlord/shelter provider (required), employer (past or present), case manager, therapist or counselor.
- Give each reference a copy of the reference form. Each must fill it out and fax or mail it back to Jubilee as soon as possible. We cannot process your application until all three references are received.
Step 2: Return application by fax, mail or in-person
Address: Jubilee Women’s Center, 620 18th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112
Step 3: Initial eligibility determined
You will receive a letter informing you that you are either on the wait list or ineligible. All approved applications are put on the wait list in the order received. Being put on the wait list does not mean you have been accepted into the Jubilee program.
Step 4: Interview scheduled
When your name reaches the top of the wait list, you will be called for an interview. Final determination of your acceptance into Jubilee’s program will follow your interview.
Step 5: Interview
Come to your interview appointment at Jubilee Women’s Center. Please bring your most recent income verification form with you to your appointment. Examples of income verification: pay stub, copies of award letters from DSHS, SSDI, etc.
If you have any questions, please give us a call and we will help you through this process.
Equal opportunity is available for all low-income adult women, without respect to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability veteran status, sexual orientation or any other bias protected by federal, state or local law.