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At Compass on Dexter, a place for second – and first – chances


Carla and her son J’Carlo, 7, were among the first people to move into
Compass on Dexter, our affordable housing for families in South Lake Union.

At Compass, we believe in second chances. Everyone deserves the opportunity to overcome whatever barriers they might face in life. But too many young people in our community don’t even get a first chance at success. They watch parents battle health problems or struggle to find a job, share in the trauma and anxiety that come with a lack of housing, and slip farther behind their peers in school. They are the 32,494 students in Washington State who are homeless. Continue reading

At least 3,772 in our community live without shelter. We can do better.

By Janet Pope
Executive Director

During the very early morning hours of Jan. 23, volunteers with the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) filtered through Seattle and King County with a single and heartbreaking purpose: to count the number of people in our community living without shelter. Compass Housing Alliance supports the annual One Night Count as host of its downtown headquarters and by providing dozens of staff volunteers. Continue reading

Because housing is a human right: Rallying for change in Olympia


Property Development Director Beth Boram and Compass Board
Members Lisa Gustaveson and John Gienapp

On Feb. 17, hundreds of advocates delivered their message to the state Legislature: Create more housing and support services for men, women and children who are in need.
The annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day is an opportunity for constituents to speak directly with their elected representatives in the offices of the Legislature. This year, advocates pressed for $100 million in funding for the Housing Trust Fund and for bills that would bolster tenant rights and eviction prevention.
Compass staff and supporters are always well-represented at advocacy day, and this year was no exception. Our thanks to all who joined us to rally support for these critical issues.