Your Participation in Management
The Aloha works when the residents make it work. Each person has a role in management. This is true democracy!

15 Hours of Work Each Week
Each resident works a minimum of 15 hours every week in one or more of the work areas or the committees. These areas include: the kitchen, grounds, front desk, security, housekeeping and more.

Weekly Rent is $10
You can't find a better bargain in town. Rent is $10 per week for the first two weeks, and $25 weekly thereafter. (rent is $5 for those people on ABD.)

Sobriety on the Premises
The Aloha Inn is a clean and sober environment. Alcohol, illegal drugs and intoxication are absolutely forbidden on the premises. Drug use at any time during your stay is forbidden as well. Random UAs can be conducted.

Saving $80 Per Week
The Screening Committee monitors each resident in saving a minimum of $80 per week in a bank account, for permanent housing. At the end of a successful stay at the Aloha Inn, you will have saved a substantial amount of money and have a good housing reference, with which to move into stable housing.

How It Works

The Aloha Inn is resident managed. The program model is recognized nationally. At the Aloha Inn, you don't just work on your own personal success, you also help run the whole program. You can help others while you help yourself.

Day to day operations and upkeep at the Aloha are both done and run by the residents. Department Heads in different work areas are chosen by the residents. Department Heads make sure that residents are scheduled for and complete tasks in their area - desk duty, kitchen, clean up, etc. Each resident works 15 hours weekly in these departments or on committees (mandatory).

All residents meet together once each week at the General Assembly. Residents make decisions on big issues and elect an Executive Committee of five residents. The Executive Committee rules on disciplinary action, terminations from the program, and decides how to resolve day to day issues.

The General Assembly also elects a Screening Committee of residents. It makes sure that residents stick to their rent and savings goals. It also decides on who will be admitted to the Aloha.

This type of democracy is challenging and it is not for everybody, but if you want a stake in running our home, maybe it's for you.

"Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." - Winston Churchill

How to Apply

Everyone MUST apply in person. We do not mail, e-mail or fax applications under any circumstances whatsoever. Applications are NOT available at the Aloha.

Applications are filled out in Downtown Seattle each Wednesday from 10 a.m. till 12 noon, and Thursday from 5 - 7 p.m. Please call 206.283.6070 for current location. Screening Committee members are there to help you with the application.

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Valid, legal picture identification (state driver's license, state ID, passport, military ID, tribal ID, Green Card) is required at the time of application and interview. No exceptions, photocopies, or other ID allowed.

Qualified applicants are then interviewed within several days at the Aloha by the Screening Committee. Decisions on applications are made shortly thereafter.

We generally have a very short waiting list after applications have been approved.

For additional resources, please visit the Community Information Line at If you have any additional questions, please contact us at (206) 283-6070.

The Aloha Inn accommodates people with disabilities. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

TTY users, call the State Relay at 1-800-833-6384.