LifeWire Capital Campaign Logo with a sketch of a tall building with hearts for windows and the words Hope Starts Here Campaign Against Domestic Violence

Hope Starts Here Campaign

What would you choose? Stay in an abusive home or risk homelessness? Every day, survivors of domestic violence in our community have to make this decision. LifeWire can help. You can help too.

Three smiling white people with light brown hair sit on grass and look at a phone. A teen male wearing a white t-shirt holds the phone, while a teen girl in a tank top looks over his shoulder next to a middle age woman in a plaid shirt and capris.

LifeWire is engaged in an exciting capital campaign to raise $6.5 million in philanthropic funds and $8.25 million in public funds to purchase a 25-unit apartment complex, provide ADA-accessible apartments, and build a services office in one central location. We will relocate our emergency shelter and transitional housing programs to private apartments that provide on-site services along with easy access to transportation, community services, and schools.

The Hope Starts Here Campaign will increase housing access for domestic violence survivors and children with the greatest safety risks and highest barriers to safe housing in our community.

The need:

  • LifeWire turns away one household for every one we serve with shelter or housing simply due to lack of capacity.
  • LifeWire expands our housing programs each year to close that gap, but survivors with the greatest DV risks and related barriers have specific needs that are not met through other programs. This campaign is especially for those families.
  • LifeWire’s emergency shelter program, currently housed in a commercial apartment complex, is at risk due to Bellevue’s rising rents.
  • LifeWire’s transitional housing program is a congregate living model, which lacks privacy and is no longer safe in a COVID-19 world. It is also located away from public transportation and amenities, reducing access to employment, education, and permanent housing.

The plan:

  • Relocate LifeWire’s emergency shelter and transitional housing programs to private apartments, including nine ADA-accessible apartments, in one central location with on-site services, newly-built community and services spaces, and easy access to transportation, community services, and amenities.
  • Serve approximately 25 additional families per year through expanded capacity and increased access to transportation and services, which will facilitate a quicker transition to permanent housing.
  • Provide emergency and transitional housing with a pathway to permanent housing, ensuring safety and access for hundreds of survivor families into the future.

Campaign timeline:

  • Renovation and construction starts – May 2022
  • Renovations completed – August 2022
  • First families moved in – September 2022
  • Services building completed – December 2022
  • Full occupancy – January 2023