Turning Housing into Homes

Our Mission

To bring a sense of self-sufficiency and comfort to families and individuals moving from homelessness into housing, while protecting our environment by distributing useful household items that would otherwise be discarded.



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. It is the only furniture bank of its kind in King County.

In September 2013, the Sharehouse became a program of the
YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish.

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.


YOU can help the Sharehouse turn housing into homes!

  • Make a financial gift to The Sharehouse. It costs $245 to provide the minimum items needed to set up each new household.  It costs an average of $500 a day to run our truck to pick up items.

  • Give furniture and other household goods you no longer need. Bring items to our warehouse when possible or schedule a pick-up.  Click here to see what we accept.

  • Coordinate a donation drive at work, church, or school.

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Ask us about other opportunities & ideas!

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