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.
Opened in 1914, the YWCA Seneca 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.
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.
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 detailed eligibility criteria.
Applications are available online and at the front desk of YWCA Seneca or YWCA Opportunity Place (2024 Third 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.
- You will be contacted when there is an available opening and the YWCA is ready to begin reviewing your application.
To maintain your place on the property waitlist, you MUST contact the Leasing Agent between the 20th and 27th of each month, to confirm you are still in need of housing and if necessary, update your contact information. There are several ways to contact us and remain on the waitlist:
- Make a phone call to the Downtown Seattle Housing Information Line at 206.436.8621.
- Send an email to the Leasing Agent.
- Complete the waitlist update form, available at the front desk of YWCA Seneca or YWCA Opportunity Place (2024 Third Avenue). Return the completed form to the Housing mailbox at the front desk.