Community Partners

Community partners are critical to efforts to create and preserve affordable housing. These agencies finance and build, or acquire and rehabilitate, permanent rental or ownership housing serving families, individuals and seniors, as well as persons with special housing needs. They also secure other necessary public and private funding. As a result of public and private resources working together there is greater housing affordability and housing opportunity for those who need it most.

Use these links to our community partners' homepages to find out more about many of the local agencies that provide affordable housing in East King County. ARCH does not endorse nor is affiliated with these agencies. This list is only provided as a reference.

Archdiocesan Housing Authority / Catholic Community Services 
Develops and manages a continuum of housing opportunities and options for low income, homeless and special needs individuals and families living in western Washington. Archdiocesan Housing Authority operates throughout western Washington providing refugee services, shelters, day center, transitional and permanent housing, along with those services necessary for people to live with dignity. Catholic Community Services operates in King County, providing case management, emergency assistance and homeless prevention services. Through our daycare centers, childcare is provided for homeless families in Seattle. In partnership with HOME and EISC we provide shelter for homeless men in south and east King County.

DASH - Downtown Action to Save Housing
DASH's mission is to create affordable housing opportunities in East King County, so that working-wage families and seniors on fixed incomes can afford to live in the Greater Eastside communities. Dash was formed in early 1990s by members of the Bellevue Downtown Association. Contact by phone at 425 646-9053.

Life Wire (formerly Eastside Domestic Violence Program)
Washington's largest domestic violence service provider, with two confidential shelters, an extensive safe home network, a 24-hour Crisis Line, support groups, special programs for children, a Community Advocates Program that links families to police, the courts, and local services, and extensive public education and training programs.

Friends of Youth
Provides housing, treatment and prevention services for youth and their families at 21 sites in King and Snohomish Counties. The continuum of services includes in-home family support for young parents of newborns, parent education, youth development programs, mentoring, youth and family counseling, alcohol and other drug counseling, violence prevention, short-term shelter and outreach to homeless youth, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment, and transitional housing for homeless teen mothers and other single young people.

Habitat for Humanity of Seattle-King County
Habitat's Home Repair program offers interest free repair loans for eligible, low and moderate income homeowners.  Loan payments and terms are based on a sliding scale depending on the homeowner's current household income.  To determine if you are eligible, visit

Since 1971, Hopelink has been working to reduce hunger and homelessness, promote self-sufficiency, and help low income families make lasting change in their lives. Hopelink serves an average of 2,000 families (approximately 6,600 individuals) each week in north and east King County through food banks, emergency family shelter, transitional housing, homelessness prevention, child development, energy (heating) assistance, emergency financial assistance, family development case management, transportation, food stamp education, adult literacy, employment services, information and referral, and on-site health care services through community partners.

King County Housing Authority
Provides affordable housing to more than 40,000 residents in more than 14,000 units of housing dispersed among 23 suburban cities and the unincorporated areas of King County. Operates 3,300 federally subsidized rental housing units serving low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities as well as oversees more than 4,100 units of workforce housing. King County Housing Authority also administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program and offers Housing Repair and Weatherization programs for low-income homeowners and landlords who rent to qualified tenants.

Attain Housing (formerly KITH - Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing) 
Provides homeless families with transitional housing and case management services for up to 24 months. Assistance may include co-signing on rental agreements, providing rent subsidies, and help in obtaining furniture or household items. Assistance with child care, transportation, tutoring, job training, employment opportunities, basic life skills, emergency support, and advocacy may also be provided. Follow-up support is continued for at least six months after departure from transitional housing. In addition KITH provides low-income housing for households earning below 50% of the median income. Families may remain in this housing while their income remains at this level or below. Case managed support services like those for transitional housing are provided.

Compass Housing Alliance (formerly LATCH and Compass Center)
Develops, owns, and operates affordable apartment and single family residences for low-income families and individuals in Seattle and North King County.

Parkview Services
A non-profit organization based in King County that has been supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families since 1967. There are currently 48 homes in Parkview's Affordable Housing Program. Affordable and accessible housing is one of the most significant challenges facing people with developmental disabilities. Please see Parkview's website for more information on Affordable Housing and other Parkview programs.

Imagine Housing (Formerly known as Saint Andrew's Housing Group)
A community-based organization dedicated to building and preserving the supply of affordable housing in East King County for individuals and families unable to afford market rate housing.

Shelter Resources, Inc.- SRI
Private developer of affordable housing throughout the Pacific Northwest. SRI usually joint ventures with non-profit entities adding to the team effort experience and access to sources.

YWCA of Seattle, King County and Snohomish County
The YWCA is one of the largest providers of emergency shelter and transitional housing services for homeless women and families in the region, providing more than 9,000 individuals each year with housing and critical related services. The YWCA operates over 500 housing units in 15 local communities, including the YWCA Family Village in Redmond, a family transitional housing facility with on-site childcare and employment services.

"Over the past few years homeless providers, including KITH, have seen an increase in the number of barriers that each family is experiencing.  A barrier is defined as a condition that keeps a family from finding and maintaining permanent housing.  This challenges the agency to continue to find effective ways of helping families overcome those barriers." 

Jan Dickerman, Executive Director of KITH