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 grow toward self-sustainability. Residents stay an average of 23 months before moving into independent living.
The main home, a former convent, houses 27 residents in addition to staff offices. The 13,000 square foot building promotes community living through shared living spaces including a living room, large kitchen, dining room, computer lab, laundry room, free clothing boutique, and landscaped yard with vegetable gardens. Each resident has a private bedroom with a single bed, desk and closet.
Jubilee’s adjacent “612 House” is a beautiful 1907 prairie-style home, with room for five women. All residents in the Capitol Hill location have access to the small fitness room and meditation area on the lover level.
Sojourner Place accommodates 11 women—including pregnant women—in a spacious and historic University District residence.
Jubilee’s Housing Program
While living in a Jubilee home, residents are expected to be full participants in our program, including shared household responsibilities, a weekly house meeting, and participation in specific classes. Residents pay 30% of their monthly income in rent, with a $50 minimum, in order to build a positive rental history.
Each women in Jubilee’s housing program works with an on-site care manager, an experienced professional who provides support, coaching and advocacy. Care managers help residents map their pathway to a successful future and help women achieve their goals by connecting them with technology and classes for personal and professional development.
Please take a moment to review these program requirements to help you decide if Jubilee is an appropriate program fit for you. To qualify you must:
- Be a female identifying person without children in care
- Have an income below $20,000 annually or below $1,666 monthly
- Demonstrate an ability to live cooperatively in a community setting
- Be able to pay rent upon entry (30% of income with a minimum of $50 and maximum of $505)
- Have a commitment to gaining fulltime employment and independent housing
- Once admitted, attend work, school, or approved unpaid professional development outside of Jubilee for a minimum of fifteen (15) hours per week
- Have 6 months continuous employment within the past 2 years
- Have 3 months continuous sobriety for those with a history of addiction, and agreement to remain clean and sober while in the program (Jubilee prohibits use of alcohol/drugs on or off site while in the program)
- Participate in shared community responsibilities, including household chores
- Show respect equally to all regardless of race, ethnic background, religion, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation
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.
These are the steps for applying to Jubilee Women’s Center. If you have any questions, please give us a call and we will help you through this process. Please read and follow the instructions below.
Download the application below, fill out completely, and return it to Jubilee.
Expected wait time varies. While waiting we encourage you to contact Community Information by dialing 211, 800.621.4632, or visiting www.211.org to ask about Coordinated Entry for All. We will send you notification when you are added to the waiting list. We will also notify you if you are not placed on the waitlist. Please contact us if your phone, email, or address change.
We will contact you for an interview with the program staff when your name reaches the top of the waitlist. A final determination regarding eligibility at either the University District or Capitol Hill location will follow the interview and professional reference check.
During the interview we will ask for you to identify three (3) professional references who have known you at least 6 months. Examples of references: Previous landlord/shelter provider, employer (past or present), case manager, mentor, or counselor. References from family or friends are not professional, therefore do not meet this requirement. Once we have been able to contact references we will either let you know the reason you are ineligible for our program or invite you to join Jubilee Women’s Center.