School districts across the state of Washington identified 40,934 students in K-12 schools as having experienced homelessness during the 2016-17 academic year, a 3.2 percent increase over the previous year and more than double the number from just nine years ago.

In Seattle Public Schools, 4,280 students experienced homelessness in the 2016-2017 school year. 

​PREVENTTION IS KEY! Our focus is to provide eviction protection to keep families and individuals from becoming homeless or to provide assistance to homeless families and individuals moving into housing.​ 

our story

UCEF was created in 1986 to provide information, referral and financial assistance to people in need residing in Northeast Seattle and to the homeless, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability.  

Did you know?

Renters in Washington State need to earn at least $23.64 per hour to afford a basic two-bedroom apartment.​

In King County, it takes a full-time wage of $24.02 per hour  to afford the fair-market one-bedroom apartment.

For every 100 extremely low-income families in King County, earning less than $23,400 a year for a family of three, there are only 29 affordable apartments available.

Prevent Homelessness

OUR mission

Everyone deserves a home. We provide compassionate listening, focused referrals, and financial assistance to prevent homelessness.

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United Churches Emergency Fund

University Churches Emergency Fund is a recipient of a GiveBIG Dollars for Change award!  

The Seattle Foundation selected UCEF to receive this Dollars for Change award for $2,500.