opportunity place ywca:
Offers individuals in our community access to employment services, health care programs and a comprehensive response to homelessness.
Opportunity Place is located in downtown Seattle on 3rd and Lenora. Programs currently offered from this location include:
Located on the second floor, the WorkSource center offers computer access, classes and training, and case management designed to help homeless individuals improve their chances for employment.
housing and homelessness
Opportunity Place stands traditional thinking on its head by showing that an affordable homes facility can be a welcomed asset to its neighborhood. Opened in December 2003, the building itself is attractive, using exterior design elements that create a sense of hope, respect, and safety. Dozens of donated artworks bring beauty and serenity to interior spaces. Three courtyards and five porches create outdoor spaces that fit well in the downtown environment.
For all these reasons, Seattle has responded with open arms and remarkable community support. More than 500 volunteers helped develop the project. More than 6,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations contributed $12.6 million (44 percent of the project’s cost). A dozen agencies have staff at the facility to provide services.
Opportunity Place has quadrupled the area’s number of permanent affordable housing for low-income and homeless people. Expanded services at Angeline's Day Center have reduced the number of homeless women on the street during the day, and the number of job seekers served by the employment and learning center has doubled. Opportunity Place has gone a long way toward improving the lives of Seattle’s homeless.
apartments & residents
Located on the top five floors, the residence includes 105 studio apartments averaging 415 square feet and 40 one-bedroom apartments averaging 575 square feet. The modern, comfortable units include fully equipped kitchens, private bathrooms and windows, most with exterior views. Heat is supplied by hydronic baseboard heaters, which provide quiet, dependable heat from the central boilers. The units are wired for telephone, cable TV and computer access.
Opportunity Place Apartments are home to individuals with very low incomes—less than $18,550 a year. About 90-percent of residents earn 30 percent or less than the median income levels.
Applications are available online and at the front desk of Opportunity Place YWCA (2024 Third Avenue) and Seneca YWCA (1118 Fifth Avenue). Applicants will be notified of progress once their application is processed.
There are open waitlists for all three of the YWCA's properties in downtown Seattle. The application process is as follows:
- Complete and submit the Downtown Seattle Housing Application (accepted for all three properties) to the Leasing Agent.
- Your application will be processed for the waitlist of the property you selected.
- When there is an available opening, the YWCA will contact you to begin reviewing your application.
To maintain your place on the property waitlist, you MUST leave a message on the Downtown Seattle Housing Information Line between the 20th and 27th of each month, to confirm you are still in need of housing and if necessary, update your contact information.
Downtown Seattle Housing Information Line: 206.436.8621
eligibility & pre-screening
The minimum pre-screening criteria for eligibility are:
- Application is complete and legible
- Meets income requirements
- WA State CBC Pass
After your application materials have been reviewed, you will be asked to complete an application for national credit screening with MOCO Inc. at a cost of $10 per applicant. A money order or cashier's check for $10, payable to the YWCA, will be required.
Additional screening criteria:
- Verified income and Third party verification of assets
- Review of Rental History, address history, public records and collection records
- Case Managers and/or Professional reference
- SHA approved application (Opportunity Place Only)
- Valid State ID
- Social Security Card
- Nationwide criminal, Sex offender and live WA and OR check through authorized screening company
Applicants with registered sex offenses and certain other criminal offenses may not qualify, though disqualified applicants have the opportunity to appeal. Criminal background may not automatically cause ineligibility.
Please see the Downtown Seattle Housing Application for a complete list of restrictions/disqualifications.