Home Base

Housing Security for Those in Need during the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased and shifted housing needs in Seattle and King County. In order to meet those needs, we are adapting the Home Base program to provide rental assistance to people in need. 

Because of the economic impacts of COVID-19 and social distancing, people in our community who were already vulnerable have felt an increased impact as hours and jobs have been cut. Further, many people who were previously able to make ends meet are now finding themselves in need of help. 

Every day, we’re learning of new and different needs in the community because of COVID-19. As we adapt to meet those needs, the Home Base program is evolving.

United Way and our partners have worked quickly to provide rental assistance to people impacted financially by COVID-19.


How It’s Evolving to Work 


While the Home Base program previously fought homelessness by preventing evictions, evictions have been temporarily banned in the community. This will keep thousands of families housed and is a necessary move during this crisis. But when the crisis passes, back-rent will still be due. 

Thanks to support through the Community Relief Fund and others, Home Base will provide emergency rental assistance so people don’t fall behind and end up with a mountain of debt to repay after the COVID-19 crisis passes. 

Who Home Base Helped Before 


Meet Jodah. After a 3-month hospital stay, the program helped him avoid eviction and stay in his home.

Photo of a woman looking at the camera and smilling.

Michelle, a single mother, was able to stay in her home—without an eviction on her record—while rebuilding a life after escaping an abusive relationship.

Andy, who was working multiple jobs, was able to stay housed and avoid eviction after one of his jobs didn’t use him for a short period and he was just a few weeks behind paying rent in full.

Our Goal


Reduce the Number of Unsheltered People by 50%

When people have access to emergency funds and representation, we all win—tenants stay in their homes, landlords receive their due and there are fewer people living on the streets.

With your support, we can help families avert crisis and stay in their homes.


Seeking Request for Qualifications / Funding Opportunity


United Way of King County is currently seeking Requests for Qualification for an Evaluator of United Way’s Home Base Initiative.  Responses are due on March 20, 2020.


Home Base Honor Roll

With support from these generous donors, we are helping people stay in their homes.

$1 Million +

  • Challenge Seattle – In Honor of Blake Nordstrom
  • City of Seattle
  • King County
  • Microsoft
  • Seattle Mariners
  • The Seattle Foundation, Coronavirus Response Fund

$200,000-$999,999

  • Satya and Anupama Nadella
  • The Neupert Family Foundation
  • Washington Federal Bank

$100,000-$199,999

  • Brad Smith and Kathy Surace-Smith
  • Brettler Family Foundation
  • Chris Capossela and Leigh Toner
  • Joshua Green Foundation
  • Merrill Gardens, LLC
  • Perkins Coie
  • Rajesh K. Jha and Sudha Mishra
  • Stolte Family Foundation

$50,000-$99,999

  • Anonymous
  • Brian and Diane Langstraat
  • Bryan and Christine White
  • Comcast NBC Universal
  • D.A. Davidson & Company
  • F5 Foundation
  • Greenstein Family Foundation
  • Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation
  • Nordstrom
  • Weyerhaeuser

$25,000-$49,999

  • Anonymous
  • Brendan Burns and Robin Sanders
  • AT&T
  • Becky and Mike Hughes
  • David and Cathy Habib Foundation
  • Gary Gigot
  • Jon Fine and Paula Selis
  • Rich and Sarah Barton
  • Scott and Katie Renschler

$10,000-$24,999

  • Aetna
  • Bainum Family Foundation
  • Charles and Delphine Stevens
  • David and Sally Wright
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Dawn Lepore and Kenneth Gladden
  • Lott Foundation
  • Matthew Kellogg
  • Noreen and Kabir Shahani
  • Ric and Kaylene Anderson
  • Safeco Insurance
  • Sarah Holthaus-Montana and Heinrich Montana
  • Scott and Patty Medén
  • Tom Alberg and Judi Beck
  • Wendy Kaiser and Kriss Sjoblom

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