History

St. Stephen Housing Association (SSHA) was formed in 1989 when start-up funding was provided by St. Stephen the Martyr Parish to help address the need for housing for homeless families in South King County.

A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, SSHA was formed with an all-volunteer Board of Directors, headed by a President and Vice-President.

Since 1989, SSHA has leased eight three-bedroom houses at Nike Manor, a former military site in Kent, from the King County Housing Authority. An additional unit was added in 2008. In 2001, SSHA purchased a 12-unit townhouse apartment complex in Auburn with funding provided through grants from the State, County and local municipalities. We currently have 20 transitional housing units and one unit for an on-site manager.

We have received grants from a variety of foundations and were honored to be one of the first award recipients of the Gates Foundation's Sound Families Initiative in 2000. We also receive funds from individual donations and matching payroll contributions.

 

Purpose

SSHA exists to help homelesss families with children move from homelessness to stability by providing temporary housing with a focus on rapidly returning families to permanent housing.  Every day we see families who are struggling to put food on the table, keep their children in school and to maintain employment. Our goal is to help families reduce their barriers to housing and increase their income enough to achieve housing stability.
 

"Children experiencing homelessness are more at risk for problem behaviors in the future (including homelessness as adults) than housed children living in poverty." (SKCRH, 2008)