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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services

Mission: The Compass Center was founded in 1920 to serve sailors & loggers headquartered in Seattle. After several transitions, the center is now a social services agency serving the homeless population. By starting with basic needs, food, a safe place to sleep, people are given a chance to achieve a life of stability, security and independence. Clients are offered one-on-one case management to address issues and to help each client to set and achieve goals.

Target demographics: homeless and low-income adults and families

Geographic areas served: Seattle and King County

Programs: Banking and mailing services, hygiene facilities, overnight emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent affordable housing, eviction prevention, housing for veterans.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Courtney33

Board Member

Rating: 5

Compass Housing Alliance is a fabulous organization that is doing wonderful work in the Puget Sound region. I have been a volunteer with Compass for years and last year made the transition to Board Member. I am constantly amazing by the dedication and compassion of the staff and the amazing work that they are doing. The Puget Sound region is lucky to have such an organization striving to make a difference in people's lives.

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

What can be said of a charity with 23 million dollars in net assets? With it's 262 employees, the Compass Housing Alliance is good at providing jobs for social workers, not helping the homeless. Compass raises a little over 2 million dollars from the public, but spends over 400 thousand on fundraising in order to do it. The rest of their income comes from the government. Compass pays out nearly 5 million dollars in wages. The organization carries almost 2 million dollars in savings and cash investments. At a time when so many are turned away from services, it seems odd a charity would keep 2 million dollars on hand. What is most disturbing is the over 2 million dollars Compass charges the homeless in program and rental fees. Conclusions: the Compass Housing Alliance- good for the economy, no friend of the homeless.

Review from Guidestar