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ORGANIZATION: Low Income Housing Institute

Volunteering at the Urban Rest Stop

The Urban Rest Stop (URS), a project of the Low Income Housing Institute, provides a clean, safe and dignified place where individuals, families, elders and youth can access restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities free of charge. Volunteer opportunities at the URS are mostly related to cleaning and/or organizing tasks.


  • Ensure that the Urban Rest Stop provides a welcoming, clean and safe environment.
  • Respect the confidentiality of URS patrons.
  • Assist with the maintenance of appointments for laundry and showers. Stock and sort hygiene and cleaning supplies.
  • Distribute personal care items as requested and when donations are available.
  • Distribute towels and coveralls for parton use.
  • Assist with the collection of demographic and facility information.
  • Help maintain a high level of facility cleanliness.

The Urban Rest Stop is open from 5:30am-9:30pm Monday-Friday and 8:00am-3:00pm Saturday-Sunday. Volunteer shifts are usually about 2-3 hours and occur within the business hours listed above.

Join the Urban Rest Stop volunteer team! Fill out our online application to start your enrollment as a URS/LIHI volunteer and start changing lives!

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About Low Income Housing Institute


2407 First Ave,, Seattle, WA 98121, US

Mission Statement

The Low Income Housing Institute develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington state; advocates for just housing policies at the local and national levels; and administers a range of supportive service programs to assist those we serve in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency.


LIHI develops and provides affordable housing to 4,000+ low income, homeless and formerly homeless people, including families. In 2019, an estimated 11,199 people experienced homelessness in King County alone. Many of LIHI housing projects focus on transitioning families and individuals out of homelessness, including chronically homeless populations. Most of the units developed by LIHI are occupied by formerly homeless households.

LIHI assists our residents with services that help them maintain stable housing and prevent them from becoming homeless again (e.g. through improving resident income and/or education status, dealing with long standing mental and physical health conditions) and increase self-sufficiency.

We also help homeless individuals and families remain healthy & employed: LIHI operates the Urban Rest Stop - an innovative hygiene center for the homeless located in downtown Seattle; a safe, clean and dignified place where as many as 500 homeless individuals, families, elders and youth access restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities each day. This center is open seven days a week, with extended hours specifically designed to assist homeless persons who are working or seeking employment. 60% of URS patrons have steady employment, but can't earn enough income to afford the rent.


Homeless & Housing
Veterans & Military Families
Community, Homeless & Housing, Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


1924 9th AvenueSeattle, WA 98101



  • Customer Service
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Community Outreach
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 hours per week
  • 3 month committment

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