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
, and press release issued March 12, 2015 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.
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) - 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 age 18-25 (without children) who are homeless or about to lose their housing can receive an assessment at locations throughout King County; please see www.ccsyhc.org for a complete list of agencies and drop-in schedules or call 2-1-1 for additional information.
For information regarding Youth Housing Connection, contact: Danielle Winslow at DanielleWi@ccsww.org | 206.328.5703, or visit their website, www.ccsyhc.org for a complete list of agencies and drop-in schedules.
As of April 2015, YHC is transitioning from being operated by Catholic Community Services to management by the Seattle-King County Continuum of Care. See the upper right hand corner of this page for weekly updates on this transition.
For information regarding the Youth and Young Adult Initiative contact:
Megan Gibbard, Homeless YYA Initiative Project Manager | email@example.com | 206-263.2974
Carrie Whitaker Hennen, Homeless YYA Initiative Project Planner I firstname.lastname@example.org I 206-263-1230