The headquarters for our YWCA, home to administrative offices as well as programs that provide economic empowerment, safe and stable housing, and access to health care.
Built in 1914, the Seneca YWCA is our organization's flagship building and is home to administrative offices, including Community Engagment, Development and Human Resources.
The 5th Avenue Boutique is also located here, open Monday through Friday, where savvy shoppers can find great deals on designer clothing and accessories.
Other programs and services currently operated from YWCA Seneca include:
This building offers 125 units of single room occupancy (SRO) low-cost housing for women. There is a 24-hour front desk and secured elevator entry for all floors. Most units have shared bathrooms, though each room has a washbasin. Rooms are approximately 200 square feet and are furnished with a twin bed, dresser, table, chair and small refrigerator. Building provides a laundry room on each floor. Some units subsidized through Seattle Housing Authority and other agencies.
Prospective tenants must be single women with income at or below 50 percent of area median. Resident income cannot exceed $30,900 annually for one person and cannot be below $660 per month. Male-to-female transgender women accepted.
Applications are available online and at the front desk of Opportunity Place YWCA (2024 Third Avenue) and Seneca YWCA (1118 Fifth Avenue). Applicants will be notified of progress once their application is processed.
There are open waitlists for all three of the YWCA's properties in downtown Seattle. The application process is as follows:
- Complete and submit the Downtown Seattle Housing Application (accepted for all three properties) to the Leasing Agent.
- Your application will be processed for the waitlist of the property you selected.
- When there is an available opening, the YWCA will contact you to begin reviewing your application.
To maintain your place on the property waitlist, you MUST leave a message on the Downtown Seattle Housing Information Line between the 20th and 27th of each month, to confirm you are still in need of housing and if necessary, update your contact information.
Downtown Seattle Housing Information Line: 206.436.8621
eligibility & pre-screening
The minimum pre-screening criteria for eligibility are:
- Application is complete and legible
- Meets income requirements
- WA State CBC Pass
After your application materials have been reviewed, you will be asked to complete an application for national credit screening with MOCO Inc. at a cost of $10 per applicant. A money order or cashier's check for $10, payable to the YWCA, will be required.
Additional screening criteria:
- Verified income and Third party verification of assets
- Review of Rental History, address history, public records and collection records
- Case Managers and/or Professional reference
- SHA approved application (Opportunity Place Only)
- Valid State ID
- Social Security Card
- Nationwide criminal, Sex offender and live WA and OR check through authorized screening company
Applicants with registered sex offenses and certain other criminal offenses may not qualify, though disqualified applicants have the opportunity to appeal. Criminal background may not automatically cause ineligibility.
Please see the Downtown Seattle Housing Application for a complete list of restrictions/disqualifications.