Recently out of Prison

Reentry Myth Buster: The Reentry Myth Busters is a series of fact sheets intended to clarify existing FEDERAL policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. This includes policy on public housing, hiring and background checks, veterans rights, parental rights, social security benefits, TANF and SNAP benefits and Student Aid.

Food stamps, medical…etc.: DSHS has set up a statewide online data base (one stop shopping) where recipients of any form of DSHS assistance (cash, food stamps, medical, etc.) can go online and not only track benefits/benefit status but apply for additional benefits. If you get to the office before 2pm you will be served that day! The web site is:

King County

Emergency Shelters and Homeless Services

Women’s Referral Center 206.441.3210 or 206.770.0156. Referrals to overnight shelters as well as an evening meal and access to health and hygiene services.

Women’s Wellness Center 206.256.0665. Daytime, drop-in center for homeless women providing hygiene and limited health services.

Diversion Program 1.800.621.4636 (for services) 206.328.5796 (for general information). Helps homeless families find alternative housing solutions.

Emergency Assistance 425.213.1963 Ext. 2 (East King County) 253.854.0077 Ext. 6 (South King County and Seattle). Help for families, seniors and people with disabilities in a variety of emergencies.

Lazarus Day Center 206.623.7219. A drop in center for homeless people over 50 that provides hot lunches, showers laundry facilities and hygiene products.

Rapid RE-housing for Families 1.800621-4636 (for services) 206.328.5710 (General information). Rental and moving cost assistance for homeless families in King County.

SEVER WEATHER SHELTERS in Auburn-Kent-Renton-Federal Way: 253.854.0077 Ext. 2


Pioneer Human Services 1213 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122. 206.322.9807

Pioneer can help you find housing, mental health services and employment. They also provide job training. This is a great program to get into as soon as you leave prison. They have a class for previously incarcerated men and women that works on basic life skills, resume building, accessing services…etc.

Sound Mental Health 1600 East Olive Street, Seattle WA 98122. 206.302.2200

Sound mental health provides mental health services. They can also help with employment and homelessness for previously incarcerated men and women.


This program helps women and their families overcome poverty, homelessness, violence and discrimination. Services include an emergency shelter, affordable housing, economic empowerment, domestic violence support, youth programs and health care access.


Washington State Employment Guide:

The ACLU of Washington’s Second Chances Project: provides direct legal services to individuals who want to reduce the barriers posed by criminal records. We also provide resources and community education on criminal records issues.

Employment and Unemployment Records Request: Completing and sending the Self-Request for Records form gets employment history and unemployment payment history from the Records Disclosure Unit of Employment Security.

Getting and reading Criminal Reports in Washington State: This guide is designed to help people get, understand, and correct criminal history reports. It provides general information about these records in Washington state.

ANEW: Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women. Provides women of all ages, races, and backgrounds with quality training, support services and employment preparation, leading to viable and satisfying non-traditional career pathways which lead to family wage jobs. (206) 381.1384

Farestart 700 Virginia Street Seattle, WA 98101 (entrance on the Virginia side of the building)   To apply: Attend their weekly orientation held on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at FareStart. Ring the buzzer at the Virginia Street entrance for the receptionist. Once you are accepted they help with housing, mental health support and other resources. They will also work with folks who are on work release!To download the application:

Job seeker handbook online:

King County Jobs Initiative: Provides job training, job placement, and supportive services free-of-charge to low-income adults involved in the criminal justice system. Primarily construction jobs.

Seattle Jobs Initiative: 830 4th Ave S #206, Seattle, WA 98134         (206) 628-6975. Job training and allows students to take some community college classes.

WorkSource: Job training and help with looking for employment.


Division of Child Support: (206) 296.9020 Can help women settle their child support bills

Housing Resources:

Acres of Diamonds (in Duvall):

Aloha Inn 206.283.6070 (Ask for a case manager) A resident-managed, 66 unit transitional housing program in Seattle for homeless adults and couples without children.

Compass Cascade (they will do screenings in prison): 206.474.1820 or 206.474.1800;

Elizabeth Gregory House Generally have to be homeless for one night before they let you stay. 206.523.6031

FAVOR 206.772.4143. Helps incarcerated or reentry women get help with housing despite criminal record or eviction history.

Jubilee Women’s Shelter 206.324.1244.Free classes, workshops, one-on-one skills coaching and a computer lab for low-income and homeless women in Seattle.

Noel House 206.770.0156 (between 6p.m.-9p.m.) 206.441.3210 (all other hours). 2030 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121. Open 6p.m.-9p.m. on a walk in basis. Provides referrals to women. Also has an emergency shelter and possible permanent housing opportunities. Bus tickets or transportation to shelters provided

Solid Ground Provides food, shelter and support services in the Seattle area.

Catholic Housing Services Provides permanent housing for income-eligible individuals, families and seniors at numerous properties in Seattle and King County. Visit for more details.


Free Legal Assistance if you are low income and it is a non-criminal legal Problem (in King County) call 2-1-1 Outside King County call CLEAR at 1.888.201.1014 weekdays 9:10am-12: 25am

Columbia Legal Services Reentry Clinic: Phone: 206-287-8625
Email:          The Reentry Clinic provides free legal services to low-income men and women with criminal records facing barriers to successful reentry. The clinic focuses on legal issues related to legal financial obligations (fees, fines and restitution) and access to employment and housing. Clients call to make an appointment to meet with a volunteer attorney at the clinic. Date: Second Monday of each month
Time: 2:45PM to 4:45PM Location: Public Law Library of King County King County Courthouse
516 3rd Ave. Room W-621Seattle, WA 98104.

Columbia Legal services also offers statewide legal aid on a number for a number of differenct issues. Check out their website at:

Reinstate your drivers license: The Department of Licensing has an online service that shows people what they need to do and who they need to contact to get their license back. Users can securely enter their personal information and the system will provide a printable list of the court issues and state requirements needing to be resolved.

The Northwest Justice Project: Not-for-profit statewide organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people from 17 offices throughout the state of Washington.

ACLU WA: 206.624.2184 Legal services, prison reform public policy.

Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project: 206.587.4009 Legal services for immigrants (documented and undocumented).

Washington Law Help: This site provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court.  You can also locate information on free legal aid programs in Washington, including basic eligibility and contact information.

The Northwest Justice Project: Not-for-profit statewide organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people from 17 offices throughout the state of Washington.

Mental Health:

Sound Mental Health: Mental health and Chemical dependency


TRIO programs (at Community Colleges): Financial support and encouragement for students from disadvantaged backgrounds


Narcotics Anonymous: An international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 33,500 weekly meetings in over 116 countries worldwide.

Alcoholics Anonymous: a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.


New Connections (Kent):  253-856-9200 or e-mail Helps people coming out of prison get their licenses reinstated and connect them to other resources.

Washington State and/or National:

Goodwill Industries:

  • College prep classes
  • Job training
  • Some classes offer stipends and job placement services
  • Career counseling
  • Computer skills classes
  • Open to all not just former felons; classes can be fairly competitive to get into.

Washington Connections:

  • A one-stop federal benefit application that is user-friendly.
  • You can submit one application and it will go to multiple departments of DSHS.

Within Reach: Help applying for food stamps and other federal benefits.

Parent Help:

  • Helps families and individuals connect to health and food resources
  • Enroll in health insurance or find food resources (like Food Stamps or WIC)

NELA (Northwest education loan association): Great tutorials on how to help students fill out their paperwork to get school loans.

American Financial Solutions: Credit/debt counseling and can help people pull their credit reports etc.

Reentry Policy Council: Searchable database of reentry programs by state or focus area.

National Reentry Resource Center: Many great webinars and webcasts including:

  • Developing Optimal Individual Reentry Plans
  • Balancing Offender Needs
  • Community Factors and Practical Realties

Christopher Zioukis: Great blog, under “prison education news” tab, with almost daily postings about interesting prison-related issues and organizations.

Pierce County:

Reentry Resources Tacoma/Pierce County: This is a website that provides resources about:

  • Advocacy and Support
  • Clothing and Miscellany
  • Education and Training
  • Emergency Services
  • Employment
  • Food
  • Family support
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Legal aid
  • Veteran’s Assistance
  • Tacoma CC – and FEPPS