Homeless Outreach Program
In 2021, the City of Issaquah created a Homeless Outreach Program to help residents access supportive services including:
- Rental Assistance
- Health Insurance
- Food and Basic Needs
- Physical Health
- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Vocational Training
Extreme Weather Shelters
If you or someone you know needs shelter during extreme weather conditions, here are some options for shelters in our region.
Those looking for information on community support, education, job skills, food, temporary shelter, behavioral or mental health and safety can find additional resources here.
Be Part of the Solution
If you are interested in volunteering or giving, consider opportunities with Issaquah Human Services partners.
I was approved for a voucher to find housing. They did that for me!! The city of Issaquah rescued me but that’s only part of it. The man “Amir” who helped me went above and beyond the call of duty. He drove me places to apply, he paid deposits and holding fees. He started out as a case manager, but I consider him my friend. Me, 35 years sleeping in the woods and doorways and alleys and gutters being wet and cold. This Amir man saved me with kindness, FRIENDSHIP and PROFESSIONALISM as a city employee and got me into housing. Not that you may care, but this is my very first toaster and I love how it works. I’ve formed a relationship with the oven and love hot biscuits. All those thoughts from actions I’ve committed in the past I’m watching fade away and disappear completely I’m becoming whole. None of this would be taking place if it weren’t for this family care department within the City of Issaquah administration and I for stand, giving you a standing ovation. Can you see me clapping?
Thank you Thank you Thank you
-Family of care group Issaquah
From homeless to housed: John came to Issaquah in 2017 from Mukilteo, after a conflict with parents made cohabitation untenable. He was drawn to Issaquah’s natural beauty and friendly community. John could often be found camping under bridges near Issaquah Creek or panhandling at the intersection of Gilman and Front Street. When the Human Services team met John in September 2021, we learned more about his circumstances and needs. He had been diagnosed with a developmental disability at a young age, and more recently suffered a back injury which made it difficult for him to walk. He had not spoken to his parents since leaving their home in 2017 and had been homeless since. Initially, John was hesitant to share his story with us and accept support. After several meetings, under bridges and on the street, a level of trust was established. In November 2021 we took a step towards permanent housing by applying for Section 8. A month later John was approved to take the next step of finding an apartment. As we searched King County for suitable living options, we simultaneously reapplied for Social Security Disability Income and SNAP benefits (food stamps) to promote his independence and plan for sustained success. We connected with his parents, with whom he had not spoken to since 2017. John and his parents rekindled their relationship after a few meetings. His parents were eager to help and be more involved in their son’s life, offering to place him in a motel until permanent housing could be found. Fast forward to March 2022, John’s rental application was approved for a unit. The Human Services team worked collaboratively with John and his family to help with move-in. His parents purchased furniture and the Human Services team crowdsourced other essentials online. We will continue to provide case management for John to ensure a successful outcome.