The Sophia Way | Housing Tomorrow
Assisting women from homelessness to stable independent living.
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Housing Tomorrow

Transitional and permanent housing

Sophia’s Home

Sophia’s Home is a continuum of housing services that we provide. The program includes subsidized rental support (made possible by King County and King County Housing Authority), move-in support, case management, and other services. We work closely with landlords and apartment managers to help the women in our housing program to find housing and become stable in their homes in a way that ensures they will stay housed and not become homeless again.

We subsidize rent, some moving costs and have resources that can provide furniture and other household supplies depending on the need of each individual woman. We also act as a liaison between the new tenant and landlord to assist with anything either party needs.

We provide case management support to all the women in our housing program to help them continue making progress on their pathway to stable independent housing.

Holly House

Holly House provides housing for six women, who live in community with one another. This facility supports the women as they learn skills needed to successfully manage their lives.

Named for the enormous holly trees on the property, the house, a parsonage, was gifted by East Shore Unitarian Church in the Factoria neighborhood in Bellevue in 2010. The community rallied around to help with the extensive renovations needed:

  • East Shore Unitarian Church donated the use of the property
  • Moccasin Lake Foundation gave financial support
  • Jubilee Services provided labor support
  • Newport Ward of the LDS Church furnished the house

Further, the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish generously provided rent subsidies which create sustainable, affordable housing opportunities for the women of Holly House.


We first met Kathy when she and her child arrived at The Sophia Way Emergency Winter Shelter, operated by Catholic Community Services. Kathy had been on the road for a long time, traveling across the country to escape domestic violence. She left a good paying job and everything else to find a better situation for herself and her child. After staying at various shelters in several states for nearly four years, Kathy came to our Emergency Winter Shelter. We soon had an opening for her at Sophia’s Place and she moved in there. The next step was to help her find a more permanent place to live.
Despite being in a new city with minimal resources and no contacts, Kathy found her own housing and did all of the legwork herself, with a little bit of our help. Fortunately, she was approved for housing under Section 8 and soon moved into her own home in Bellingham, with her child.
The Sophia Way provided her with all of the household items she needed, donated by generous donors; and one of our case managers accompanied her and helped her get comfortable.
In a situation that would have been intimidating for anyone, Kathy was her own best advocate. She took care of herself. She had a lot of spirit and she was never too shy to ask for the help that she needed. Thanks to her hard work and resilience, she is well on her way to living a normal life again. Kathy was a good friend to many people at the shelter and still stays in contact with her friends she met there!