Jubilee's program takes a holistic approach to working with you on your goals. We start by assessing where you are in 12 key development areas. Together we will identify what you need to overcome barriers, build resiliency, and maintain long-term stability—and we will walk with you along the way.
One of the benefits of Jubilee’s program is a chance to work with an on-site care manager—an experienced professional who is here to support, coach, and advocate for you. Care managers also connect you with resources and opportunities to achieve your goals.
In our expensive Seattle area market, a minimum-wage worker cannot afford the average two-bedroom apartment. Jubilee’s program focuses on employment preparation for a living wage career ($22/hour) rather than a dead-end job with no chance for advancement. Classes in Jubilee’s Learning & Opportunity Center enable you to develop or brush up on skills in computer use, interviewing, resume and cover letter writing, and communication. You may take job training courses or pursue higher education to prepare for your future—and your chance to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for good.
Jubilee’s education program includes a money management course. Once you have completed the classes, you will have an opportunity to open a special matched savings account to apply what you have learned. It works like this: If you consistently invests $20-100 a month without any withdrawals for 20 consecutive months, Jubilee will match your savings 2:1, giving you up to $6,000 to cover housing costs when you graduate from the program.
Many women come to Jubilee lacking a sense of connection. When you live in community at Jubilee, you will build relationships with women who understand what it is like to experience and move past homelessness. You will also develop valuable life skills as you learn to get along with a diverse community.
Jubilee’s two-year transitional program gives you the stability and time you need to heal, grow, and rebuild your life. At our three residences in Capitol Hill and one in the University District, you will find safe and affordable housing, learning opportunities, employment preparation, and guidance from care managers as you work toward a living wage career and independent housing.
Time for transition
We know it will take time for you to heal from trauma before you can get back on your feet and make permanent life changes. Jubilee’s two-year program gives you the time and support to stabilize and rebuild your life.
When you move in to a Jubilee residence, you have peace of mind knowing you are in a safe and dignified environment. Jubilee’s affordable community housing features comfortable common spaces including a living room, kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, computer lab, laundry room, and yard. This is balanced with a private bedroom for each resident—your own personal space.
Here are some details about Jubilee’s four residences:
Jubilee Women’s Center Main Site
Formerly a convent, Jubilee’s main site was the first to open in 1983. Today 27 residents in addition to most of the staff offices and the Learning & Opportunity Center are housed here.
Next door to Jubilee’s main site is the “612 House,” which provides housing for five women.
Just a few blocks from Jubilee’s main site is the newest Jubilee residence. The Martha Reis House, named for the late sister of a major Jubilee supporter, provides temporary community housing for 12 program graduates.
Formerly a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, Sojourner Place joined Jubilee Women’s Center in 2014. The transitional home, named in honor of former slave, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth, accommodates 11, including pregnant women.
Eligibility requirements and application process
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 individual without children in your care
- Have an income below $23,250 annually ($1,937 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 $581 plus $75 deposit)
- Work, go to school, or volunteer outside of Jubilee for a minimum of 20 hours per week
- Have been employed for at least 6 months in the last 2 years or have the potential for employment in the future
- 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 stop by the main office during regular business 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, 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 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.
If you are a low-income woman in need of women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, Jubilee’s free boutique can help. We are open to the public most Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., by appointment only. To schedule an appointment:
Please arrive on time for your appointment to have the full 20 minutes to shop and try on clothing. When you arrive, a friendly volunteer will check you in. They can also help if you are looking for something specific, like an outfit for an interview. All shoppers may chose up to two bags of clothing. So we can accommodate as many shoppers as possible, women may shop once every three months.
The address to Jubilee can be found here.
Call 211 from any phone for free if you are seeking food, shelter, clothing, or other immediate needs. The Washington Information Network’s team of specially trained volunteers is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can locate shelters in your area with openings and refer you to food banks, free clothing, social workers, and much more. You can also access Washington Information Network 211 referrals online.
Jubilee’s Learning & Opportunity Center offers free courses for low-income women who want to develop skills in technology, communications, money management, and employment preparation. All courses are held at our main facility in a safe and supportive learning environment with laptop computers provided. To learn more:
Core Class Series:
- Living & Working in Community
- Money Management (in partnership with HomeStreet Bank Capitol Hill Branch, Financial Beginnings, and King County Bar Association)
- Pathways to Housing (in partnership with Solid Ground)
- Interviewing Essentials (in partnership with Starbucks Women’s Impact Network)
- Introduction to Computers
- Introduction to Word
- Introduction to Excel
- Succeeding on the Job
- LinkedIn Essentials (in partnership with Starbucks Women's Impact Network)
- Resume & Cover Letters (in partnership with Resume Target)
- Nutrition & Cooking (in partnership with Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle)
- Movement & Dance
- Care of the Spirit
- Women’s Justice Circle (in partnership with Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center)
The computer lab is free to any low-income woman, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except holidays. First-time users, please contact us at:
When you successfully complete Jubilee’s program you are always welcome back to visit, use the computer lab, take job and life skills classes, or shop for clothes at the boutique. We strongly encourage our alumnae to stay connected and take advantage of the services available at Jubilee.
Office & Computer Lab Hours: Monday through Friday (except holidays), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Alumnae Boutique Hours: By appointment only on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Contact us at:
or stop by during office hours to schedule an appointment.
Classes, Trainings & Workshops: For more information on upcoming classes or if you want to stay in the loop contact us at: