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Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention

The best opportunity to end homelessness in King County is to prevent it. Best Starts for Kids provides critical resources to help youth and their families who are at risk of homelessness stay housed, with long-term benefits for the strength and stability of our community. Kids deserve stable homes and safe spaces to live, so they can grow, play, and excel.

The Youth and Families Homelessness Prevention Initiative provides intensive case management and financial support to young people and families with children who are at imminent risk of homelessness. More than one-time rent assistance, the approach provides flexible support that families can use as needed — and partnership and advocacy that helps families and youth establish housing stability that lasts.

How are we doing?


Over two years, this initiative served more than 7,100 people, including 1,900 families and 400 unaccompanied youth.


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