Who we are
Dedicated to ensuring young people receive the support, care and resources they need.
A Way Home Washington is a statewide movement to prevent and end youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness through awareness, connection and action. In partnership with the Office of Homeless Youth (OHY), service providers, local communities, and young people with lived experience, we will build a system to serve the estimated 13,000 unaccompanied young people who are experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed in Washington state.
We are a public/private partnership between the government and the philanthropic community. We do not receive any public funding to do our work and are committed to not diverting public funding from service providers. In fact, one of the overall goals of AWHWA is to add capacity to local communities and providers.
Follow along as we work together to prevent and end youth homelessness.
A Way Home Washington is happy to announce that we have hired the final two members of our staff. Timothy Bell will be our Lead Coach and Liz Harding Chao will be our Data Manager. Tim experienced multiple periods of homelessness throughout his childhood before coming to the attention of the Washington child welfare system.[…]
By Jim Theofelis Executive Director, A Way Home Washington Washington state is in a unique position to be the first state to reach functional zero toward ending youth and young adult homelessness. In Washington we call this “Yes to Yes.” When young people say “Yes, I want safe housing and a path forward,” local communities[…]
By Jim Theofelis Executive Director, A Way Home Washington July is shaping up to be one of the biggest months in A Way Home Washington’s brief history. Our team is coming together, and we are pleased to announce the hiring of Elysa Hovard, Anchor Community project director, and Megan Huckaby, communications manager. Elysa spent the[…]
January 8th was the start of the 2018 legislative session in Washington. A Way Home Washington (AWHWA) will be a strong leader and an advocate on youth and young adult homelessness in Olympia. We look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to pass landmark legislation and secure the necessary funding[…]
By Jim Theofelis, A Way Home Washington For years, youth homelessness advocacy has been held back by the lack of reliable data showing the true scope of the problem. Without actual numbers, it’s difficult to determine what we definitively need to solve youth homelessness – and it is solvable. This week, that changed. The University[…]
By Jim Theofelis, Executive Director This week, I had the honor of joining teams from Spokane, Pierce, and King counties to celebrate the conclusion of the 100-Day Challenges – a collaborative effort to connect youth and young adults with stable housing over a period of 100 days. We launched these Challenges in April because we[…]
Washington state’s 2017 legislative session was complicated by challenging political and fiscal dynamics. Governor Inslee called the Legislature back for three special sessions before members agreed on a state budget, which the Governor signed on June 30th, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown. Lawmakers were required to adopt a budget that would provide adequate funding[…]
By Jim Theofelis, Executive Director A young woman living on the streets in Spokane shared with me recently that most young people experiencing homelessness are trying hard to find stability and safety in their lives. They are not choosing to be homeless, but rather are searching for resources. Over the course of 100 days, three[…]
By Jim Theofelis, Executive Director You may know Washington as the Evergreen state, but when it comes to spirit, entrepreneurship, and dedication to preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness, I say we are the “CAN DO!” state! On April 18 and 19, A Way Home Washington (AWHWA) was thrilled to convene teams from[…]
One of A Way Home Washington’s key strategies to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness is to advocate for reforms and public funding at the state level. We see this as an important way to make sure that Washington state has the programs, services, and resources it needs to help all of our[…]