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.
One of less than 30 LGBTQ youth centers worldwide
Serve over 700 youth each year
30+ ongoing programs, services, and events
73% under the age of 18
54% reported race as something other than white
43 self-reported homeless youth
50% reported a family income that is “low” or “ very low” per HUD family income guidelines
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.)