Long-term housing is a vital bridge for many single women who have completed Everett Gospel Mission’s recovery program. Initial deposits, high rents and low income are challenges that can easily hinder those who are taking their first steps toward an independent life of hope and promise.
To aid in this transition, the Mission provides a reduced rent facility that offers private, independent living for women for up to two years.
This house, the Lydia House was named after the women in Acts 16 who exemplified independence and self-sufficiency in providing for her family. It is a self governed facility, where residents manage the affairs of the community. Each resident pays rent for their room, and purchases and prepares their own food.
Each person is also required to attend an ongoing support group (such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) and must serve a minimum of ten hours per week in community service.
Located in the city of Snohomish, Lydia house has proven to be very successful in transitioning formerly homeless women into long term stability. It is Everett Gospel Mission’s model for future expansion of other transitional housing projects throughout Snohomish County.