The Saint Mark’s Cathedral Threshold Fund will help families experiencing homelessness by providing financial assistance with rental deposits and move-in costs, lowering the financial barrier to safe, permanent housing. You can give to the fund here.
• This new fund will provide qualified recipients with first and last month’s rent and security deposit— half as an outright gift, half as a loan to be repaid when they are able.
• The average subsidy in each case is approximately $1600.
• We are partnering with Catholic Community Services (CCS) to administer the program, which includes case management to ensure those in need obtain the support services from which they will benefit.
• We pay a small fee to CCS to provide this service on our behalf, ensuring that we have professional staff vetting each case.
Homelessness in the greater Seattle/King County area has gone well beyond the crisis point–every Seattle resident sees evidence of this every day. We as a faith community must respond to the present situation as we are able, and in ways that we feel will best promote the dignity and freedom of those of our neighbors who, for whatever reason, cannot access safe, permanent housing.
The Justice Ministry Coordinating Team (JMCT), in consultation with the community of Saint Mark’s, has decided to focus our efforts to confront the crisis in three areas:
1. Direct feeding and housing ministries. These include Noel House (which houses forty women in Bloedel Hall five nights a week), Saint Brigid’s Banquet, Community Meal at All Pilgrim’s, and other opportunities.
2. Financial and Material assistance. This includes the new Threshold fund, participation in the United Churches Emergency Fund, and community donation drives for socks and hygiene items.
3. Education and advocacy. Homelessness as a societal issue and as a personal lived experience are widely misunderstood and the subject or persistent myths and prejudices. The Homeless Advocacy Ministry at Saint Mark’s seeks to counter this ignorance with a truer picture of the homelessness — the various ways individuals and families fall into homelessness, why they stay homeless, and how they get out of it — through forums, formation events, and other communications.