Founded in 1980, Plymouth Housing works to eliminate homelessness and address its causes by preserving, developing and operating safe, quality, supportive housing and by providing adults experiencing homelessness with opportunities to stabilize and improve their lives.
The people Plymouth serves have survived on the streets for many years and have often experienced housing instability for decades. They struggle with disabilities, mental and behavioral health, criminal histories and more. Over half of Plymouth’s residents are seniors and approximately 15% are U.S. Veterans.
Plymouth was one of the first organizations to model “Housing First,” a practice that recognizes providing a safe place to live is a critical first step in stabilizing individuals coming out of homelessness (and is now considered a best practice nationally). This is complemented by a suite of wrap-around services and programs—including behavioral healthcare and medical services—to help residents address and overcome the issues that led to homelessness so they can rebuild their lives, regain their dignity and make a successful transition to a stable life anchored in permanent housing.
Plymouth’s dedicated staff and leadership bring a deep sense of commitment and compassion to their work serving the chronically homeless. These residents are among the most vulnerable members of Seattle’s community, having failed in housing previously, or lacking access to decent affordable housing due to poverty, disabilities or lack of community support.
Today, Plymouth is one of the largest nonprofit housing providers in Washington state. The organization is held in high regard nationwide for its noteworthy accomplishments on behalf of its residents, and its contributions to reducing chronic homelessness in Seattle. Currently serving over 1,100 residents in 14 buildings throughout downtown Seattle and First Hill, Plymouth plans to bring five new buildings online in the next five years. Operating from a solid financial position with an annual budget of $33M, significant reserves, a long-tenured senior leadership team and a deeply engaged board of directors, Plymouth is well positioned to continue the organizational growth trajectory required to significantly reduce chronic homelessness in Seattle and King County.