MISSION: "To bring a sense of self-sufficiency and comfort to families and individuals moving from homelessness to permanent housing, and to protect our environment by distributing useful household items that would otherwise be discarded."
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1989 in response to a needs survey of area human services providers, the Sharehouse serves as a central distribution point for donated furniture and household goods going to families and individuals who are transitioning from homelessness into permanent housing. Our warehouse is stocked with items donated by community members and local businesses. It is the only program of its kind inKing County.
Moving a family or individual into an empty apartment after a period of homelessness does not take them very far from homelessness. Moving into is expensive and stressful for anyone, but especially for those who have experienced homelessness. Our program makes it possible for clients to establish a safe and secure new household, while also helping restore their dignity and self-sufficiency. The Sharehouse helps turn housing into homes by providing the most basic necessities such as beds, linens, and dishes.
In 2012, working with approximately 60 member agencies throughout King County, we helped 2,614 people (including 1,040 children under 18) establish 1,228 new households. In doing so, we also kept more than 22,000 items donated by community members and local businesses out of our area landfills.