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Who are the families we serve?

Families served by St. Stephen Housing Association come from a wide array of backgrounds. Some have been homeless for years, others for just a few weeks. Some are new to the country or state, others are Washington natives. What is true for all, though, is that they have experienced barriers to finding permanent housing. These include poor credit and/or housing history, lack of sufficient income to pay market rate rent, family crises that have caused instability, unaddressed mental health issues and struggles with drug and alcohol recovery. Many have experienced domestic violence. Families new to the country may also be struggling with a language barrier. Most families in our program have come from somewhere in King County, although a few have come from domestic violence shelters in adjacent counties.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for our program, families must:

  • be homeless
  • have at least one child under the age of 18 living in the family.
  • be low-income, with income that is 30% or less of King County median income adjusted for household size (for example, a family of four   must earn less than $26,400)
  • work with a Housing Case Manager and work on goals that reduce their barriers to permanent housing.

 Across Washington state -26,000 Homeless Students—One in Every 40 Pupils—Without a Stable Home
In March, 2012, Columbia Legal Services, who analazed data for their Homeless Education Project-school year of 2010-2011, reported that 26,000 children are without stable and adequate housing at some point during the year.  We saw a 19% increase in the number of homeless youth in school, from every county, from rural and urban districts.