Welcome to the Homeless Youth & Young Adult Initiative
The Homeless Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Initiative is King County's community-wide response to prevent and end homelessness among young people. The Initiative is led by the King County Committee to End Homelessness, richly advised by agency and government leaders, supported by private philanthropy and the public sector, and grounded in the voices and input of homeless and formerly homeless young people.
Please find a summary of our collective work to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults here.
News and Events
Comprehensive Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County - Comprehensive Plan Refresh
The YYA Comprehensive Plan Refresh, endorsed by the YYA Advisory Group and Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness in May 2015, outlines our community's strategies in the areas of (1) making homelessness rare and brief, (2) making homelessness one-time, (3) supporting YYA of color, (4) supporting LGBTQ YYA and (5) improving access to housing and matching housing with YYA needs. The Comprehensive Plan Refresh outlines priority activities, system activities, and measures of success for the next 2 years. The Comprehensive Plan Refresh reflects the work of many community members in thoughtful discussion in late 2014 and early 2015 - thank you to all of you who have been involved and provided leadership, input and thinking to this process.
The Comprehensive Plan Refresh is an update to the 2013 Comprehensive Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County by 2020, which identified our community's vision to end homelessness among YYA in King County by 2020 and our 18 month implementation strategy to begin delivering on this vision. The Comprehensive Plan was developed through robust community involvement and has been endorsed by the Funders Groups for the Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) and YYA, the CEH Governing Board, Interagency Council, and the YYA Advisory Group.
Count Us In
Results are available from Count Us In 2015, conducted on January 22, 2015. Count Us In is King County’s annual effort to count youth and young adults (YYA) aged 12-25 who are unstably housed or homeless. Count Us In allows for a “deeper dive” into the scope of youth and young adult homelessness by documenting the nature and extent of homelessness, which helps build a better understanding about this unique population. The full report is available here
(revised May 2015), and press release issued March 12, 2015 is available here
One of the new partner locations for Count Us In 2015 was King County Juvenile Detention. A Supplemental Report that relfects data for youth who completed a Count Us In survey at detention is available here.
YYA Stakeholder Forms provide an opportunity to hear about what is happening with the Homeless YYA Initiative, our regional effort to prevent and end YYA homelessness. Stakeholder forums will be held quarterly in 2015 on the following dates:
Monthly Stakeholder Forum
- June 23, 2015, 2-3:30pm, location TBD
- September 22, 2015, 2-3:30pm, location TBD
- December 1, 2015, 2-3:30pm, location TBD
Guide to Homeless YYA Initiative Meetings
The Homeless YYA Initiative is a collaboration between many providers, funders, and other stakeholders - as a result, there are numerous committees and meetings throughout the year. This guide details key meetings related to the Initiative (including times, purpose and contact people) during 2015.
Youth Housing Connection (YHC) - Coordinated Entry to Housing
King County launched a system of "Coordinated Engagement" for homeless youth and young adults in 2013. Coordinated Engagement directs young people's access to housing by coordinating their applications, applying a common strengths-based assessment, and placing them in programs that have worked for other young people like them.
Young adults ages 17.5-24 (without children) who are homeless or about to lose their housing can receive an assessment at locations throughout King County. The best way for a young adult to access a YHC Assessment is through their Case Manager, if they have one. Many agencies also provide drop-in hours for assessments. Please see www.youthhousingconnection.org for a list of agencies and the schedule; you can also call 2-1-1 for additional information.
For information regarding Youth Housing Connection, contact: 206.328.5796 | email@example.com
As of April 2015, YHC is transitioning from being operated by Catholic Community Services to management by the Seattle-King County Continuum of Care. Read an overview of the transition here, or see the upper right hand corner of this page for weekly updates.
Community Sign In Has Launched!
Community Sign In (CSI), part of our coordinated engagement system for YYA, launched in November 2013. YYA ages 13 to 25 will complete Community Sign In the first time they arrive at drop in centers, meal programs, or young adult shelters in the homeless YYA continuum. The purpose of CSI is to 1) divert YYA from homeless services when possible through family reunification; 2) promote consistent data collection on YYA homelessness; and 3) obtain a more comprehensive number of YYA who are using our continuum by aligning data collection at every drop in center, meal program and young adult shelter in the continuum of care.
The CSI Policy Guide and other materials related to CSI are available under Coordinated Engagement at right.
For information regarding the Youth and Young Adult Initiative contact:
Megan Gibbard, Homeless YYA Initiative Project Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org | 206-263.2974
Carrie Whitaker Hennen, Homeless YYA Initiative Project Planner I email@example.com I 206-263-1230