Real Change

A nonprofit organization


Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice.

Who We Are

We tackle Seattle's housing crisis head-on through our jobs, journalism, and justice.

Job loss was cited as the #1 reason for people experiencing homelessness in the 2020 point-in-time count, and barriers make finding a job nearly impossible for many. That's why Real Change offers low-barrier employment for anyone who needs it. 

Real Change is an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment for hundreds of low-income and unhoused people each year.

Vendors find low-barrier, meaningful work and community at Real Change. Annually, this program puts over $1M directly into the pockets of vendors. 

In March 2018 Real Change released the first edition of the Emerald City Resource Guide, a portable, pocket-sized guidebook of social services across the city. This guidebook connects people to the services available in the city, from meals and shelters to immigration legal services and more. This project has grown, with over 200 partner agencies across our region, printing 50,000 copies yearly and has become a staple for human service organizations. In 2022 we printed an all-new updated edition!

Real Change empowers people experiencing homelessness to act for long-term policy solutions. We don't just advocate on behalf of those experiencing poverty - we empower our vendors to speak up and advocate for themselves. Through the Vendor Organizing Committee, participants review the policy and budget decisions on the city, county and state levels, and organize action-campaigns on the issues that will most impact their quality of life. We include vendors in all advocacy projects, like our campaign for social housing in 2022 and 2023.

Our community makes us strong. Real Change depends on grassroots, individual donations for about 60% of our income. Each gift is not just an investment in someone's job today, it is also a contribution to a more just and caring world where all people have the means to live with dignity.

Thank you for your gift today. The Wyncote Foundation NW has generously provided a matching contribution of $25,000 to make your gift go even further.

With your support...

We can:

Offer classes, trainings, and other community resources to our vendors to support them with reaching their personal and professional goals.

Expand opportunities for our community members with lived experiences of homelessness to share their personal stories, like the Lived Experience Speakers Bureau.

Carry out the implementation of Initiative 135, Real Change's first ballot measure for social housing that passed in February.

Please give to Real Change today. Together, we can build a more inclusive and equitable future for our shared city. Thank you. 💙


Thank you to the Wyncote Foundation NW for their continued support of Real Change and their generous $25,000 match for GiveBIG!

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Organization name

Real Change

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Job Training & Employment


219 1st Ave S, Ste 220
Seattle, WA 98104-2591

Service areas

Seattle, WA, US


SeaTac, WA, US

Tacoma, WA, US

Shoreline, WA, US



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