The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with 82 years of activism and community experience in the heart of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhood, the Central District. The League has historically focused it’s community work in education, employment, health and housing with Seattle’s disenfranchised African-American community. As economic cycles created large disparities in our class system, prison and high school drop-out rates for communities of color rose and neighborhoods suffered from gentrification.
The Urban League is committed to working with Seattle’s communities to face these challenges head on. Although, our roots may have originated in different lands, communities of color share a lot of the same struggles with institutional racism, classism, gender discrimination and LGBT issues. The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is committed to working across the board with diverse communities in order to help make Seattle a more equitable and prosperous place to live.
Housing is a basic and essential need. Whether you are renting or buying, a home should not be an insurmountable obstacle. The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is currently a HUD certified housing program that offers workshops and courses on foreclosure prevention, credit and budget counseling, rental assistance, financial literacy training and reverse mortgages. Housing issues are especially important when it comes to those individuals who have past criminal records. The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has a vacate and sealing criminal records program (Expungement Program) to provide individuals fair and accessible housing opportunities.
Education is the cornerstone of success. Children need our leadership in helping create programs that speak to their educational needs. It is through education that we can develop a sense of empowerment. In the past, the League had a booming education program that offered K-8 students the opportunity to gain a first hand experience on University and community college campuses. There was a summer enrichment program, after school tutoring, guest speakers and much more.
People need access to jobs. More importantly, they need the requisite skills to be competitive in today’s job market. The League’s prior employment program spanned the gamut from mock interviews to providing minority and women owned businesses access to city and state contracts.