Housing for Youth and Families

MSC offers shelter for families. Families will work with a case manager to find stable housing and reduce barriers to self-sufficiency.

Eligibility for shelter:

  • Families include single-parent or two-parent families with at least one child under 18 years of age
  • Families must be homeless (per HUD definition for category 1/literally homeless or 4/fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence)
  • Family income must be less than 30% of AMI (area median income)
  • Family must be willing to committed to working with a case manager
  • No charges of meth manufacturing, arson, sex offenses, or repeated assaults
  • Family must have no other housing options

To find out if you qualify for homeless housing programs in King County, and/or to discuss creative solutions to finding temporary or permanent solutions to homelessness outside of the homeless services system, individuals and families should  make an appointment with one of the five Regional Access Points (Federal Way, Renton, Seattle, North Seattle, and Bellevue) for the King County Coordinated Entry for All (also known as King County CEA) process.

Click here to request a CEA Housing Assessment

To access emergency family shelter in King County, please call the family emergency shelter access line every day you are in need of emergency shelter. Please call 206.245.1026 starting at 9:00AM and you will be contacted by family emergency shelter providers throughout King County in the afternoon/evening if a shelter bed is available.

MSC also offers affordable permanent housing for families. Click here for more information.

Multi-Service Center is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay 711.

HEART Program
Homeless children often have significant struggles in school. The challenges of moving regularly or living with instability can affect a child’s focus and make schoolwork more difficult. In response to this need, Multi-Service Center created the HEART Program for children living at the family shelter. Through reading, craft projects, and time with caring adults, this after-school program, held on-site at the shelter, is designed to help children learn additional skills in fun, creative ways.

At this time, the program is only available to children living at MSC’s family shelter.

Additional options for youth and families:

MSC’s Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative Program (YFHPI) can provide case management to help families obtain and keep stable housing if they are at risk of becoming homeless. Families must:

  • Live in King County
  • Have one member of the household that is a youth or young adult, birth to age 24; and
  • Be at risk of homelessness

YFHPI offers support services and limited financial resources, stabilization support, employment assistance (if applicable), and community resource referrals. For more information on YFHPI, call (253) 838-6810 or email.