Our Programs

Who We Serve

The reasons a woman ends up homeless and comes to Jubilee are as complex and varied as each individual who passes through our doors. Regardless of what brought her here, each woman is able to take time to heal, make a plan for a self-sufficient future, and work to rebuild her life supported by care managers and community.

Approximately 2,000 low-income women in the greater Seattle area access Jubilee’s free community services each year, including referrals, clothing boutique, job and life skills classes, and computer lab. Jubilee’s two-year residential program empowers about 58 women annually to overcome barriers, build resiliency, and create long-term stability through holistic support services, affordable community housing, and employment preparation.

Residents represent various races, ethnicities, faiths, nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds:

  • 57% White
  • 26% Black/African American
  • 7% American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 5% Asian
  • 2% Latina/Hispanic
  • 3% Other

 

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

  • 43% are domestic violence survivors
  • 29% are coping with mental health issues
  • 28% are in recovery for substance abuse
  • 17% have physical health challenges

 

Residents arrive at Jubilee earning below 30% of the area median income—$21,048 in the Seattle area. The average annual income for a new Jubilee resident is about $4,300.

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 $526 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 residential program come to Jubilee for a safe environment, supportive services, and the time to make long-term, systemic changes in their lives. Last year:

  • 84% of departing women transitioned to independent housing
  • 60% completed job training or school
  • 50% of eligible residents found employment

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.