Our Work

The mission of Homes First is to provide safe, healthy, affordable rental homes for those who need them most.

Our vision is of a better future is one of vibrant communities where everyone has a safe and healthy home they can afford, so that they have hope for a better future.

Since 1990, Homes First has successfully created affordable rental housing in Thurston County, Washington. We have helped over 4,500 low and very low income community members find safe, clean, and affordable rental housing with a landlord who treats them with respect.

No other organization does what we do


Rather than allowing our mission to creep beyond the original intention of the founders – to provide affordable rental housing – we have partnered with other organizations that complement our programs.

Income from rents goes to maintain the housing, provide staff oversight, and help fund future affordable housing projects. Our strength is in our partnerships.  We work together with local service providers to ensure our tenants receive the supports they need to be successful.  We meet our tenants where they are and help them have the financial and emotional space they need to define for themselves what success may look like. 

Our Values


Instead of judging people by their past, stand by them and help them build their future. Treat them with respect and value the work it has taken for them to survive.


Show each tenant that they are valued and worthy of being treated well, regardless of their past history. 


When we treat all tenants equitably, they can believe that we want the best for them and understand our expectations and the outcomes.  We make sure that people have privacy when they need and want it.  We treat them as equals and try to connect them to  support systems they might need to be autonomous, independent and involved in their local community. Read our Equity Statement

Personal Responsibility

Life is full of choices.  Some are made for us and some we make for ourselves.  We encourage tenants to choose to be the creator of their own destiny, seek solutions, and take positive actions so they can find and retain a home.  We work to empower people to make life sustaining choices.


Rather than being the answer to all our tenants needs, we seek to partner with other groups to ‘share the load’.  Community partnerships include the formal and informal community connections, collaborative projects, and relationships that address tenants needs and goals.



Building ongoing long-term relationships with organizations which complement our program and meet the needs of our tenants is a powerful community development strategy. It makes a network of services to make our community stronger.