Offers individuals in our community access to
employment services, health care programs and a comprehensive response to homelessness.
YWCA Opportunity Place is located in downtown Seattle on 3rd and Lenora. Programs currently offered from this location include:
Located on the second floor, the WorkSource center offers computer access, classes and training, and case management designed to help homeless individuals improve their chances for employment.
housing and homelessness
YWCA Opportunity Place stands traditional thinking on its head by showing that an affordable homes facility can be a welcomed asset to its neighborhood. Opened in December 2003, the building itself is attractive, using exterior design elements that create a sense of hope, respect, and safety. Dozens of donated artworks bring beauty and serenity to interior spaces. Three courtyards and five porches create outdoor spaces that fit well in the downtown environment.
For all these reasons, Seattle has responded with open arms and remarkable community support. More than 500 volunteers helped develop the project. More than 6,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations contributed $12.6 million (44 percent of the project’s cost). A dozen agencies have staff at the facility to provide services.
YWCA Opportunity Place has quadrupled the area’s number of permanent affordable housing for low-income and homeless people. Expanded services at Angeline's Day Center have reduced the number of homeless women on the street during the day, and the number of job seekers served by the employment and learning center has doubled. YWCA Opportunity Place has gone a long way toward improving the lives of Seattle’s homeless.
apartments & residents
Located on the top five floors, the residence includes 105 studio apartments averaging 415 square feet and 40 one-bedroom apartments averaging 575 square feet. The modern, comfortable units include fully equipped kitchens, private bathrooms and windows, most with exterior views. Heat is supplied by hydronic baseboard heaters, which provide quiet, dependable heat from the central boilers. The units are wired for telephone, cable TV and computer access.
YWCA Opportunity Place Apartments are home to individuals with very low incomes—less than $18,550 a year. About 90-percent of residents earn 30 percent or less than the median income levels.