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 2,000 low-income women each year, including a longer-term program of housing and holistic support for about 60 residents annually, to help them stabilize, make permanent life changes, and regain their independence. On average, women stay at Jubilee for 16 months.

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

  • 58% Caucasian
  • 28% Black or African American
  • 5% Latina
  • 3% Native American
  • 2% Asian
  • 3% Other

 

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:

  • 53% are domestic violence survivors
  • 49% are coping with mental health issues
  • 28% have physical health challenges
  • 17% are in recovery from substance abuse

 

Prior to Jubilee, women faced unstable housing situations:

  • 58% stayed in an emergency or domestic violence shelter
  • 36% were living in temporary housing

 

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 $6,000.

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 16 months. Last year, 90% of departing women 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.