Our History

The story of Compass Housing Alliance began in 1920, when a remarkable
couple from Sweden, the Rev. Otto and Mrs. Alva Karlstrom, founded the
Lutheran Sailors and Loggers Mission in Pioneer Square. The name has
changed, but the spirit of the mission – to provide a welcoming space for
people in need – has been with us for nearly a century.

Today, we are a leading provider and developer of essential services and affordable housing for men, women, veterans and families who are low-income or experiencing homelessness in the Puget Sound region. Our portfolio includes day services, emergency shelter, transitional housing and affordable housing at 23 locations. Through partnerships with local congregations, governments and service providers, we offer creative programming that meets the needs of a changing community. We hope you’ll join us in this important work. Because safe, caring communities begin with caring people.

Compass Housing Alliance   77 S. Washington St., 5th Floor   Seattle, WA 98104  //  206.474.1000FacebookTwitterLinkedIn