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YWCA Passage Point

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15900 227th Ave SE
East Renton Highlands

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15900 227th Ave SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038


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Passage Point

frequently asked questions:

Q: What is YWCA Passage Point?

A: Through a supportive housing program, YWCA Passage Point will empower King County parents who are emerging from long term confinement to gain the skills and confidence needed to be self-sufficient, reduce of the chances of re-incarceration and provide a stable environment to create positive educational and social opportunities for their children.

Q: How did YWCA Passage Point begin?

A: In 2000, King County formed the Committee to End Homelessness with the goal of identifying how homelessness in King County could be prevented, reduced and eliminated. One of the Committee’s key findings is that homelessness is common among individuals who return to the community following incarceration. Previously incarcerated individuals are denied access to housing and employment because they are routinely screened out during application processes. 

In 2004, King County requested proposals from non-profits on how to best re-use the former Cedar Hills Alcohol Treatment Center in Maple Valley. 

YWCA’s proposal to build a supportive housing program that serves parents who are coming out of long term confinement, was selected to develop the Cedar Hill facility.

As the groundwork for renovating the Cedar Hill facility began, the YWCA implemented phase one of Passage Point in 2009, with the implementation of a scattered site program.

To date, 34 out of the 36 Passage Point participants have entered and successfully graduated or will graduate from the program and have entered some form of permanent housing. We have a 100 percent success rate with family reunification. Of the 36 clients, 22 were deemed eligible for child reunification and all 22 families have successfully reunited with their children on some level. More than 66 children have been reunited and served through Passage Point since its inception.

Q: What does the property look like?

A: YWCA Passage Point is a gated community located in the rural area of Maple Valley near the Maple Hills neighborhood. Passage Point provides 46, furnished one- and two-bedroom modern apartments. Every unit features its own entrance and shared courtyard where residents can socialize and build a sense of community.

We offer many amenities on campus to support residents’ growth and reunification with their children including community rooms and meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor play areas, computer room, sports courts, laundry room, on site store, green spaces, a pea-patch and a courtyard. Passage Point provides an idyllic location for residents to live and experience positive, life-changing opportunities for themselves and their children.

Q: Who will live at YWCA Passage Point?

A: YWCA Passage Point applicants are identified through intensive in-reach efforts and referrals from the community. Passage Point will support parents with children under the age of 18. Residents who live at Passage Point will be coming out of the corrections system and other institutions, would be homeless upon release, and have not been convicted of violent crimes, sexual offenses or methamphetamine production. All residents must have a reasonable chance of reuniting with their minor children. Passage Point can house 46 adults and up to 60 children.

Q: What are the demographics of the clientele/residents?

A: YWCA Passage Point will serve a diverse clientele and accept individuals of all races, faiths, age and gender. Based upon previous demographics in our pilot program, we estimate that 90-95 percent of residents will be women; 70-75 percent of residents will be women of color; and the majority of children living on campus will be infant and elementary school-aged.

Q: What is “family reunification”?

A: Family reunification is a collaborative process that helps parents who are emerging from the corrections system overcome the challenges they face when reuniting with their children. Our team will work with families on overcoming the stigma of being incarcerated, reframing their personal identities and forming relationships with their children. Reunification counseling provides the following services during the transition period: parent assessments, reunification counseling, parent education, parent/child interaction therapy, supervised visitation, home visits and service plans.

Q: How many children will be living on campus?

A: Passage Point has the capability of housing up to 60 children. However, we expect that no more than 30 percent of children will be living with their parent immediately. Family reunification can often be a long process, and we expect that most children will reunite with their parent once they move into permanent housing.

Q: What types of services or support does YWCA Passage Point offer residents?

A: YWCA Passage Point seeks to provide holistic and meaningful support for all residents to meet their needs and help them reach self-sufficiency. Guiding this is our intensive case management services. With the support of case managers, residents will be able to access important services such as job training and placement, education support, mental health and chemical dependency counseling, domestic violence support, self-improvement programs, children’s services, parenting classes, family reunification support, permanent housing planning, financial literacy training and much more.

Q: How will YWCA Passage Point help residents integrate into the community?

A: YWCA Passage Point staff will work closely with the community to help answer questions or concerns anyone might have. We will maintain a constant presence in the communities surrounding Passage Point to build a trusting and collaborative relationship with community members. We support all our residents to become active in the community and will update all our residents on community gatherings, events and activities they can participate in. We encourage community members to contact us if an event or activity occurs so we can let our residents know.

Q: What is intensive case management?

A: Intensive case management focuses on meeting a resident where they are in their lives and establishing a relationship of trust and respect. Case managers meet with the resident's to coordinate and organize their schedules in order to address all areas and find balance in their lives. Case managers meet with a client at least once or twice a week to support, listen and encourage growth and development.

Intensive case management involves wrap-around services where the resident and case manager will identify areas of concern, barriers or issues that need to be addressed in order for the resident to move forward toward self-sufficiency. Case managers will provide the resident with referrals, resources and contacts to help address these areas. An intensive case manager works with the resident, and collaboratively with partnering agencies, to provide support in areas such as housing, financial planning, recovery, physical health, emotional and mental health, relationship building, reunification issues, community and education and employment.

Q: How long can residents stay at YWCA Passage Point?

A: YWCA Passage Point is not a time-limited program; however, residents typically will live on campus for up to two years, depending upon their needs. In the third year, Passage Point helps residents move into permanent housing and continues to provide one more year of case management support while they adjust to permanent housing.

Q: How do you select residents?

A: YWCA Passage Point residents are selected through intensive in reach, community referrals and an approval process. Every potential applicant must go through a rigorous screening, which includes an application, child reunification assessment and Section 8 Housing Choice voucher approval. All residents must meet eligibility guidelines set forth by the YWCA and Section 8.

Q: Will you force participants to move in and out mid-way through the school year?

A: The YWCA Passage Point staff will make every effort to avoid any interruption to the child’s education process during the middle of the school year. Passage Point will use a multi-disciplinary team to work with all residents on problem-solving and goal setting so they can remain as stable as possible.

Q: Will residents pay rent?

A: Yes, all residents will have to pay rent. YWCA Passage Point is supported by Section 8 Housing Choice voucher program, and those residents will pay no more than 30 percent of their total income on rent.

Q: Will residents have to work?

A: A key service of YWCA Passage Point is to help residents connect to job and education resources with the goal of moving toward sustainable employment or education. The ultimate goal of Passage Point is for families to become self-sufficient and transition into permanent housing, with a steady sustainable income.

Q: How does the YWCA Passage Point program help to reduce homelessness?

A: In 2009, Washington State estimated that 102,000 people faced homelessness in our state.* Of those, between an estimated 12,000 people, or 10 percent, are individuals released from the corrections system. Nationally an estimated 15.3 percent of inmates, both men and women, have been homeless at some point prior to incarceration.** The YWCA is an active member in King County’s Committee to End Homelessness and is dedicated to providing programs such as Passage Point, which offer housing and services to individuals to decrease or eliminate the chances of homelessness and re-incarceration.



Q: Can I visit YWCA Passage Point?

A: We welcome visitors to YWCA Passage Point. In respect of residents’ privacy and security, we do not allow drop-in visitors. All one-time visitors must schedule an appointment through the director by contacting the community resource coordinator at Guests of residents must undergo a background clearance before visiting the campus. For more information, please click on Visit Us on the Passage Point home page.

Q: Who are your community partners?

A: YWCA Passage Point is made possible by a variety of community partners. Major funding comes from King County, the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy, Washington State, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and community donors. For more information on our donors, community supporters and partnering agencies please see Supporters listed on the Passage Point home page.

Q: How can I help support YWCA Passage Point?

A: YWCA Passage Point relies on the generous contributions from you and all our supporters to help fund services for those who need it most. There are many ways you can help support Passage Point. Through in-kind donations, monetary donations, sponsorships, hosting a community drive or volunteering, you are able to help us build a stronger community for all members – especially the most vulnerable. For more information on how you can become a supporter of Passage Point, please visit How to Help on the Passage Point home page, or contact the community resource coordinator at