Economic Empowerment

Employment Readiness


Residents in Housing Hope’s housing receive employment readiness coaching which includes job search assistance, and guidance in building both soft and hard skills. Employment Specialists at Housing Hope work closely with individuals experiencing homelessness to explore their options and create realistic career plans to financially support their family. In addition, Employment Specialists will also find internships for clients to be placed into. Clients doing internships meet weekly with Employment Specialists to work on barriers to employment and receive one on one coaching. The employment team and the employer work closely with one another to evaluate and assess each intern to ensure that barriers are being identified and addressed. Finally, clients will also build and shape their own individualized employment/educational plans that revolve around training, internships, educational opportunities, skill building and job search activities.

Housing Hope also provides access to specialty employment and training opportunities in the community.




The EduPloyment Program facilitates career pathways for individuals in households experiencing homelessness or poverty through a model of education, employment readiness training, work experience and employment. EduPloyment is a community collaboration that includes several services and funding partners:


* Everett Community College

* Service Alternatives

* WorkFirst and Basic Food Employment Training

* Workforce Snohomish


* Affordable Housing Providers

* Boeing

* Snohomish County Human Services


The program will target enrollment cohorts of 20 students. These 20 students will go through 19 credit coursework and 200-300 hours of on-the-job training in the targeted field of study. Our flagship field of study in 2015 was focused on property management. Currently, we are not recruiting for a new class, but please contact Kim Waller by email at with any questions.



Solid Foundations - A transitional pathways life skills class


Partnering together, Housing Hope and Edmonds Community College teach a two-week course to prepare clients for employment, educational opportunities and meeting their life goals. The first week is taught by a behaviorist through Edmonds Community College who covers topics such as dealing with change, self-awareness, managing fear, and exploring your hidden strength. The second week is taught by a Housing Hope life-skills coach and aims to teach you the soft skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and grow flourishing relationships. Topics include self-efficacy, goal setting, money management, working with difficult people, conflict resolution, and so much more. If you are interested in attending these classes or have clients that would benefit from these classes, please contact


Employment Initiatives


Ten Degrees at Mt. Baker View


This 21-unit apartment complex creates a special “college-going environment” for 10 homeless or at-risk low-income families who are assisted in the completion of degree programs on their pathway to family stability and success. Within a learning community model, an education specialist helps families secure financial aid, master study habits, gain computer literacy skills and overcome obstacles to their success. This support will extend to employment counseling and job placement as “degree” goals are achieved.

A Learning Center in the building provides space for study, tutoring, support groups and child space for children while their parents study. Mt. Baker View is conveniently located across from Jackson Park, close to bus lines and Everett Community College.


Contact Erin Matthews for more information





iCATCH (Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare) is a new five-year federally funded program led by Edmonds Community College. Program goals are to fill regional job shortages in allied health fields and provide good-paying jobs for low-income populations in Snohomish County. Housing Hope will recruit and prepare individuals from homeless families for success in the program. iCATCH creates an online learning community and offers an array of student-centered academic and support services including childcare and job placement. The program results in Certificate earned by participants in one of 11 health fields. Credits earned provide a significant jump start for individuals who wish to pursue Associate or Bachelor Degrees. The program will assist participants to define their career path and pursue their health care profession goals.


Contact Erin Matthews for more information

Increased income improves family circumstances.