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.
News and Events
Please find a summary of our collective work to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults here.
Count Us In 2014 Results (Report Revised, March 2014)
Results are available from Count Us In 2014, conducted on January 23, 2014. 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. The full report is available here, and a one page overview is available here.
Comprehensive Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County
After several months of working with community stakeholders, providers, funders and youth and young adults, the final Comprehensive Plan to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County by 2020, which identifies 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, is available for public release! Read more about the plan.
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.
Next Steps: More information from the YYA Initiative will be available in the coming weeks as we develop our 18-month implementation plan, which outlines next steps and the work ahead.
Monthly Stakeholder Forum
The Stakeholder Forums happen every 4th Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:30 at rotating locations around the county. This is a monthly opportunity to hear about what is happening with the Homeless YYA Initiative, our regional effort to prevent and end YYA homelessness, particularly related to implementation of the Comprehensive Plan.
Next meeting: Tuesday July 22, 2-3:30pm, AYR Arcadia Shelter (915 H St SE, Auburn, 98002)
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 every month, and a number of special events throughout the year. This guide details recurring monthly meetings related to the Initiative (including times, purpose and contact people), and provides an overview of events that will take place during 2014.
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.
Youth Housing Connection (YHC) - Has Launched!
King County officially launched a system of "Coordinated Engagement" for homeless youth and young adults on July 17,k 2013. Coordinated Engagement will direct 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. The design was developed by a community-based work group that included provider and youth input. Through a competitive RFP process, Catholic Community Services was selected as the lead agency to manage the process and is in the development stages, including hiring staff, conducting a housing inventory and creating the assessment tool.
Young adults age 18-25 (without children) who are homeless or about to lose their housing, can visit one of these locations to meet with a YHC staff and complete an assessment for housing:
Auburn Youth Resources -- Friends of Youth -- New Horizons -- ROOTS
Street Youth -- Ministries -- Teen Feed -- UDYC -- YMCA Center for Young Adults
YouthCare's James W. Orion Center
Or if not connected to one of these agencies, call 2-1-1.
For information regarding Youth Housing Connection, contact: Jerred Clouse, CCS Program Manager at Jerredc@ccsww.org | 206.406.9374, or visit their website, www.ccsyhc.org, for a complete list of agencies and drop-in schedules.
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