Our Programs

Who We Serve

At Jubilee, everything we do is customized for a specific population—women living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, yet trying to move forward in their lives. We provide services to approximately 2,500 low-income women each year, including a longer-term program of housing and holistic support for about 76 residents annually, to help them stabilize, make permanent life changes, and regain their independence.

Jubilee’s residential program serves a diverse population of women representing various races, ethnicities, faiths, nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds:

  • 26% Black or African American
  • 4% American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 7% Asian
  • 58% Caucasian
  • 5% Latino or Hispanic

 

The average age of a woman at Jubilee is 46 years old. She has dealt with poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, addiction, a devastating illness or accident, or difficulty accessing living wage employment—often a combination of all these:

  • 45% are domestic violence survivors
  • 50% have a mental health issue
  • 29% have a physical disability or illness

 

Prior to Jubilee, women faced unstable housing situations:

  • 70% stayed in an emergency or domestic violence shelter
  • 21% with a friend or family
  • 6% in housing
  • 2% in a motel
  • 1% in their car

 

Residents arrive at Jubilee earning below 30% of the area median income—$20,000 in the Seattle area. The average annual income for a new Jubilee resident is about $5,000.

Jubilee residents are required to meet certain criteria for program participation:

  • Identify female, with no children in their care (pregnant homeless women are welcome at Sojourner Place)
  • Pay 30% of their income in rent, with a $50 minimum and $505 maximum
  • Use no drugs or alcohol on or off premises while living at Jubilee
  • Are able to live in a community setting and share in community responsibilities
  • Work, attend school, or volunteer outside of Jubilee
  • Are committed to taking classes at Jubilee and meeting with their care manager to set and work toward goals for independent living
  • Have a commitment to full-time employment and independent housing

 

Women in our housing program come to Jubilee for a safe environment, supportive services, and the time to make long-term, systemic changes in their lives. The average length of stay is 22 months. Last year, while living at Jubilee, 75% gained employment, 16% completed a job training or school program, and 90% transitioned to independent housing.

Equal opportunity is available for all low-income adult women without respect to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other bias protected by federal, state or local law.