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 +

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


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


  • Brettler Family Foundation
  • Perkins Coie


  • Amazon
  • F5 Foundation
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • D.A. Davidson & Company
  • Bryan and Christine White
  • Greenstein Family Foundation
  • Comcast NBC Universal
  • Brian and Diane Langstraat


  • Jon Fine and Paula Selis
  • Becky and Mike Hughes
  • AT&T


  • Tom Alberg and Judi Beck
  • Ric and Kaylene Anderson
  • Scott and Patty Medén
  • Safeco Insurance
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Aetna
  • Wendy Kaiser and Kriss Sjoblom
  • Matthew Kellogg
  • Lott Foundation
  • Charles and Delphine Stevens

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