An Era of Essential Service

For decades, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has been on the front lines in times of crisis. We have been, and remain, a place of solace, refuge, and support for our most vulnerable communities, families, and people. Over this last year, the need for our work as essential first responders in the community we serve has surpassed what it’s ever been before. 

This year’s theme includes a special emphasis on our community’s housing crisis, how we’ve amplified our emergency housing programming and services, and our overarching goals for how we plan to address the important work that lies ahead.  

Event Details

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s Annual Breakfast is the organization’s yearly signature fundraising event. By the time we gathered for our 2022 celebration, ULMS would have spent millions of dollars on support services for local residents and their families by various means, including but not limited to:

  • Securing and maintaining permanent housing;
  • Rental Assistance 
  • Eviction Prevention 
  • Mortgage Default Prevention 
  • Offering outreach and support to those experiencing homelessness;
  • and more!

In addition to raising critical funds for our work, the Annual Breakfast serves as a celebration of the impact on our mission from our donors, constituents, volunteers, friends, and, in particular, our corporate and institutional partners. Stakeholders and friends join us each year to reaffirm our shared commitment; and we very much hope you will be a part of this exclusive, community-minded group.

  • Date: Friday, December 2, 2022
  • Time: 8:00AM – 9:30AM (doors open at 7:30AM)
  • Location: The Westin – Seattle

Attire: Attire for the event will be business casual.

Parking: Parking will be available in the hotel garage. Limited street parking is also available. Ride share services are strongly encouraged. 

Check-In: Upon arrival to the event, please visit the ‘Welcome’ tables to find your name badge. Once you find your name badge, a ULMS staff member will assist you with locating your assigned table. 

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Housing Programs & Services

Safe, habitable and affordable housing is a basic 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 numerous related workshops and courses. 

In addition, ULMS’s Housing Department provides direct service programs and resources to individuals and families who seek assistance with removing barriers preventing them from accessing safe, sanitary, and permanent housing.


Whether a result of domestic violence, medical challenges, job loss or any other obstacle, when someone becomes homeless, it is a true personal crisis.

With the support of United Way, Streets to Home connects individuals and their families who are experiencing homelessness to the resources they need to access permanent, safe, and sanitary housing again.


Individuals in the Streets to Home program can expect to receive the following participation benefits:

  • Temporary Housing
  • Moving Assistance
  • Employment Assistance Opportunities
  • Flexible Dollars for Individual Support (i.e – security deposits, bus passes, etc. Flexible dollars are allocated on a case by case basis)
  • Full Access to related ULMS Programs & Services

Harder House is an independent living facility owned by the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle for the sole purpose of providing young men who have aged out of the foster care system (or who are currently experiencing homelessness) with transitional housing. 


Individuals currently living in the Harder House may stay for a period of up to two years

In addition, participants in the Harder House program may expect to receive the following benefits:

    • Moving Assistance
    • Employment Assistance Opportunities
    • Assistance with Meeting Standard Permanent Housing Requirements
    • Full Access to related ULMS Programs & Services

The Safe Parking pilot program was designed to assist residents in the city of Seattle who are homeless and live in their motor vehicles. 


Each Safe Lot operates 7 days of the week. While ULMS is working diligently to secure more community partner participation to expand the Safe Lot program, our current Safe Lot holds 7 vehicles on a first come, first served basis

There is currently no limit as to how long an individual can occupy a space in the Safe Lot as long as they comply with the Safe Lot rules. However, the goal is to ultimately assist anyone who enters the Safe Lot program to transition into permanent, safe, and sanitary housing.

Each Safe Lot has its own set of additional rules and regulations (i.e rules in regards to drug & alcohol use, curfew, etc.) All of which can be explained once placement is complete. 

In addition, participants in the Safe Lot program may expect to receive the following benefits:

  • Free & Safe Overnight Parking
  • Employment Assistance Opportunities
  • Assistance with Meeting Standard Permanent Housing Requirements
  • Full Access to related ULMS Programs & Services

With 40% of Americans not able to cover a $400 emergency expense, the threat of eviction can be just one paycheck away. For this reason, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has partnered with United Way, Wellspring Family Services, and the Housing Justice Project to stop the pipeline into homelessness by fighting against the obstacle of eviction. 

In order for individuals to receive assistance from the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle through Home Base, individuals must first have a court summons from the King County Superior Court, then be referred to ULMS through the King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project


The Home Base program provides:

  • One-time emergency funds to pay rent
  • Support of a social worker to connect to other services and develop a long-term housing plan
  • Volunteer legal representation to help navigate the judicial side of the process


The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle works in partnership with United Way to provide eviction prevention and rental assistance services to individuals and families who have been impacted or displaced by the pandemic. 

This is a free (virtual) five-hour workshop to help you meet the WA State Housing Finance Commission’s education requirements for down payment assistance and a variety of affordable housing programs and opportunities for qualified applicants! These requirements include the successful completion of a Homebuyers Education Seminar meeting the current FHA, Fannie Mae, FreddieMac, and SMBA benchmark standards. 

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate of achievement from the WA State Housing Finance Commission and DFI valid for two years from the date of issuance. 

Owned by the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS), the Urban League Village (formerly Charles Colman School) is home to 36 units of low-income affordable housing, the Northwest African American Museum, an outdoor artist’s studio, a public sculpture garden and park. Since 2003, the property has served as a vessel for community empowerment, helping to rejuvenate the neighborhood and tie its deeply rooted history within the Central District to the present day.

As one of ULMS’s most ambitious projects in its now 90 year history, the Urban League Village remains a cornerstone for the Central District’s African American community, culture and connectivity.  


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Thank you for your interest in joining us for our in-person 21st Annual Breakfast: Era of Essential Service! We are excited to highlight the impact of our essential housing programming and services, honor local community trailblazers, and share more about our goals for the work ahead as we continue to navigate the pandemic.
Whether you plan to donate during the event or in the near future, we appreciate the commitment of your time and dedicated support for our work! 
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Sponsorship FAQ

Thank you for your interest in supporting the transformational work of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle! Here is a list of our most anticipated frequently asked questions regarding sponsorship for our in-person 21st annual breakfast.

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Woo hoo! The first step is to select a sponsorship level and complete the Sponsorship Opportunity Form (SOF) included in this packet. The SOF can be filled out and submitted digitally or mailed to our office. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an email from our event planning team with additional next steps for your indicated sponsorship level.

Each sponsorship level comes with a set amount of seats per table. Once you know who you’d like to be seated with you, simply forward the names of your guests to Tiersha Cutler via tcutler@urbanleague.org! You may make changes to your guest list up until 11/30.

If you end up with extra seats, you always have the option to donate the remaining seats back to the Urban League to use for a community member, volunteer or student program participant.

Requested sponsorship materials (ex: logos, program ads) can be submited as full color, high resolution .PDFs or .JPG images. Program book ads will need to be 5.5×8 in dimension.

Video ads can be coordinated by our event planning team to assist with recording if needed!

All sponsorship assets/digital materials can be emailed to Ashley Pugh via apugh@urbanleague.org.

You can indicate your preferred method of payment on the Sponsorship Opportunities Form (SOF).

For credit/debit cards, we will send you a link to make a digital payment once your SOF has been received.

If you’d prefer to be invoiced, a member of the ULMS accounting team will send an invoice to you.

Checks can be dropped off or mailed to our main office: 105 14th Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA.

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2021 Annual Breakfast Recap

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