Support Us to Buy a Permanent Home

Lambert House, Seattle and King County's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth center, was informed in May 2016 that the owners of our the-leased facility planned to sell the property. Lambert House negotiated an extension to it’s lease with a large rent increase, and spend 8 months looking for a new strategic location.

After an exhaustive search supported by volunteers & realtors from three different companies, Lambert House was offered a ZERO percent interest $2M loan, which was the asking price of our 15th Ave home. After months of negotiation, Lambert House successfully purchased the property just a few days before the end of the year.

The acquisition of the property comes at a time when Lambert House was considering the possibility of expanding our space. It also coincides with the redevelopment of many properties on Capitol Hill, and elsewhere in Seattle, as land values have skyrocketed and older buildings are being razed to make way for denser and more profitable use.

The existence of Lambert House is not threatened. The organization is healthy, with thriving programs, and we have expanded our geographical service reach beyond Seattle in recent years. In 2016 we served youth from 135 ZIP codes throughout Seattle, King County, and beyond, including dozens of homeless youth.

In addition to raising money to pay back our loan, which was offered on very generous terms, we are seeking additional funds for deferred maintenance, ongoing regular maintenance, and expansion of our space to accommodate our growth in youth attendance, programs, and staff.

Lambert House is the only LGBTQ youth center in Seattle and King County. It is one of only 24 independent LGBTQ youth centers in the world. It served 740 youth in 2017 through an estimated 20,000 service contacts in our 30+ programs.

If you are interested in contributing to the Capital Campaign to help Lambert House purchase a building, or to the efforts to locate and design our next leased space, please contact Ken Shulman, Executive Director, at 206-491-0596. You may also donate online here and designate your gift for the capitol campaign.

 

Quick Facts

Lambert House

  • One of less than 30 LGBTQ youth centers worldwide

  • Served 1,113 different youth in 2018

  • 30+ ongoing programs, services, and events

  • 2018 Youth-Served Data:

    • 69% under the age of 18

    • Served a higher percentage of youth of color than exist in the general population of King County

    • 82 self-reported homeless youth

    • 43% reported a disability, mostly mental health

  • Strategy

    • Deliver a wide range of youth-driven services, programs and opportunities

    • Utilize a large number of dedicated, long-term adult volunteers to deliver programming & services, creating a large diverse pool of supportive adults for youth to look up to for role modeling and mentoring

    • Support positive peer socialization

    • Empower youth to create community - ending social and psychological isolation teaching them to be proud of who they are

    • Help develop the next generation of strong, well-informed LGBTQ adults

    • Serve as a focal point for in-need LGBTQ youth to connect with LGBTQ-competent services offered by other agencies (shelter, education & job training, counseling, etc.)


Lambert House Changes Lives!

I can be myself without having people looking at me all weird and think I’m mentally ill. I’ve been coming here since late 2012.
— Manny, 18 year old youth
Lambert House is an amazing resource for youth who needs space to find themselves comfortably. When I was (confused) about my own sexuality, Lambert House was the only space I (felt) comfortable in without pressure of having to label myself. I’ve been here since I was 18 and I still enjoy being in Lambert House.
— Courtney, 20 year old youth
I LOVE Lambert House because I’m no longer the minority when I’m there and I’m surrounded by a bunch of queer (and ally) people that I love.
— Jerold, 16 year old youth