A Way Home Washington is a statewide movement to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness. We will focus on the 13,000 - 15,000 unaccompanied young people in Washington State who are surviving homelessness on their own.
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Four Communities Will End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness by 2022
This means we will build a "Yes to Yes" system so that when a young person asks for help, their community can say "yes" without hesitation.
We know that youth and young adult homelessness exists in every county of Washington state, but services are available in only half or our counties.
Youth and young adults of color and those who identify as LGBQT+ experience homelessness at disproportionately high rates.
In partnership with the Office of Homeless Youth, we will build a system that is data-informed, performance-based, equity-driven and holds young people and families at the center. This system will enable communities to say yes to helping a young person when they decide it is time to come inside.
We are a public/private partnership between the government and the philanthropic community. We do not accept any government funding. Instead, we advocate for more funding for local communities and service providers. Our goal is to leave communities better than when we got there by helping them gain more expertise, capacity and funding.
"We believe that no young person should be forced to sleep outside or in unsafe conditions because of lack of resources."
Follow along as we work together to prevent and end youth homelessness.
October 2018: Moving Forward By Jim Theofelis A Way Home Washington was thrilled to announce on Sept. 27 at YouthCare’s Orion Center that Pierce, Yakima, Walla Walla and Spokane counties were chosen as the first four communities in the Anchor Community Initiative. What these communities have committed to is tremendous: Ending youth and young adult[…]
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[…]