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At Neighborhood House, we draw on a century of service to end poverty, build hope and help heal the world. - Mark Okazaki, Executive Director
About Us

Our mission
The mission of Neighborhood House is to help diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health, and community building.

At the core of our mission is the alleviation of poverty in our community, especially the large public housing communities in Seattle and King County.

We want to lift children out of poverty. We want them to be healthy and ready to be successful in school and life. We want these children grow up in safe and supportive homes and neighborhoods.

We want to lift families out of poverty by creating opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and asset building.

We want seniors to live healthy, independent lives with respect and dignity, surrounded by friends and a supportive community.

We want to build strong and vibrant communities where everyone feels an attachment to their neighbors and neighborhood, where they work together to solve problems and celebrate their cultural diversity.

And finally, we want to create a greener, more sustainable community where low income families live in neighborhoods that are free of pollution and buffered from rising energy costs.

Our history
Since 1906, Neighborhood House has helped immigrants, refugees and low-income people overcome economic, educational and employment challenges. They learn to rely on themselves and each other to fulfill their dreams and to become active members of a free and democratic society. From the moment of their birth to the twilight of their years, people depend upon Neighborhood House for hope and opportunity.

Neighborhood House was founded by the National Council of Jewish Women, Seattle Chapter in 1906 as a settlement house that provided services to Jewish immigrants from Turkey, Greece and other European countries. Not long after, Seattle and King County began developing low-income housing, and Neighborhood House began providing a range of services to families moving into public housing.

Today, our programs are located in public housing communities in Seattle and King County, WorkSource centers and public schools. Our services are based on extensive experience and deep understanding of the role language and culture play reaching out to multilingual communities. We provide first language services in Vietnamese, Cambodian, Oromo, Tigrinya, Amharic, Somali, Spanish, Russian and several other languages.

Learn more about our agency's history by clicking here
Read "From Settlement House to Neighborhood House: 1906-1976" by Jean Devine


Our annual report

In an effort to save on printing costs and to fulfill our goal to become a greener agency, we've produced an electronic version of our annual report.

View our:
2011 annual report
2010 annual report
2009 annual report



Our strategic plan

Review the strategic direction for our agency in this 18-page document by clicking here.