Hospitality House, opened in October 2000, seeks to help homeless women find home, health and hope.
The Current Situation
On any given night in America, anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 million people are homeless according to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness conducted the 2016 one-night count and discovered that 4,505 people were homeless in King County, which was an increase of 19% over those found without shelter the prior year.
While there are many reasons for homelessness, one encouraging note is that the condition of homelessness is usually temporary. Almost 80% of people who fall homeless are able to find shelters, adequate affordable housing or other permanent residence within 3 months.
How We Fit In
Hospitality House was opened to fill this need in the south King County area in October 2000. People from the community came together, with the help of twelve churches in the area, to establish this single homeless women’s shelter at the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church. Hospitality House’s 90-day program lays the foundation for empowerment and success for a better future.
It all begins with meeting the basic needs of clients – a bed, a hot meal, and a safe and stable environment. Our home-like atmosphere combined with a new found security affords clients the opportunity to look beyond their current circumstances to their future. Each client’s objective is to find permanent housing and financial stability but how this is achieved is based upon the needs of the individual client. Case managers support clients throughout the program as we believe that case management is the underpinning of our client’s future and an integral piece of our program. Our clients are given the tools and the blue prints necessary to build their own futures; we help to implement the pouring of the foundation.