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

From 2018 to 2022, LifeWire’s Board, Campaign Cabinet, and staff joined together with hundreds of generous donors to raise $15.75 million in private and public funds to purchase a 25-unit apartment complex and build a services office in one central location. The HSH apartments will provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, and comprehensive onsite services for survivors who face the greatest safety risks and highest barriers to safe housing in our community.

Thank you to all of the amazing LifeWire donors for your vision, dedication, and generosity in creating a confidential, healing place for survivors of domestic violence and their children. 

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.

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