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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management

Mission: Since 1996, Second Step Housing has been working to help eliminate homelessness in our community. Ending the cycle of homelessness takes many steps. Second Step Housing develops, renovates, and manages affordable housing, provides comprehensive case management, and offers educational opportunities for adults, children, and families who are working towards social and economic self-sufficiency.

Target demographics: homeless and low-income adults and children

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 450 individuals by providing housing, case management services, life skill classes, rental assistance.

Geographic areas served: Clark County, WA

Programs: transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, nurturing parenting classes, financial literacy classes, employment readiness, re-entry housing program, family self-sufficiency program and mentoring.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 1

Second Step Housing is under new management. They now make people homeless, They take income away from single mothers, intimidate and bully the clients they serve, They hire family members and personal friends, while firing and forcing long term employees to resign, They need to be investigated for conflict of interest policies, giving personal loans to employees, favoritism, discrimination , hostile work environment , illegal entry into clients homes and more. The board should take a hard look at the executive director, and the new director of programs for their unethical practices and treatment of employees and vulnerable people they claim to serve,


Rating: 5

Second Step Housing does an amazing job of helping eliminate homelessness in our community. Its mission, to foster self-sufficiency for at-risk women and families through affordable housing linked with community services, is instrumental in helping lives to be rebuilt.



Rating: 5

After working at Second Step Housing for a year, I can tell you I have seen lives changed and families reunited. I have watched women transform from brokeness into women of courage and strength. The education Second Step Housing provides to our clients is transformative and the wisdom they take away from their lessons are life long skills they can carry forever. Our staff is dedicated and compassionate; always willing to go the extra mile. My favorite thing about Second Step Housing is that, after you take the first step, we will help you take the second!


Rating: 5

Second Step Housing works to do our part in helping to create a healthy and thriving community by focusing on those who need a hand up and are willing to work hard. Once the fist step has been taken we are there to help with the second step and help folks get on their way to self-sufficiency. We believe in investing in people to help them realize their potential.

Kris G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Second Step in many areas. I have worked with them for child care during the classes they offer, and it is a great program that gives the family as a whole so much to bring back to there home. I have taken a class that has offered me success in my finding a place to live and work. I have worked with caseworkers and some of the clients to complete the chance at permanent housings.


Board Member

Rating: 5

When we were looking for a housing based non-profit organization to select as a recipient of the proceeds from a show home we built in 2005, Second Step Housing was the organization we selected. Why - because the return on investment is so high...and because they don't give away housing, but rather they provide the tools and support their clients need to become self sufficient. As the saying goes, "you can give a man a fish and feed him for a day or you can teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime". Second Step provides the tools for their clients to learn how to fish!

And I was so impressed with the organization that I wanted to get more involved - and became a board member in 2008.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Second Step is an amazing organization that helps families get on their feet to sustainable housing. Their programs emphasize skill building and long term sustainability. They are attempting to break cycles of homeless, substance abuse and domestic violence that plague families and women. This is an amazing organization to support and be a part of.


Rating: 5

This organizations has so many excellent programs that helps their clients achieve self suffiiency.
Most definitely a worthy cause.