In April 2017, A Way Home Washington (AWHWA) – in partnership with the Rapid Results Institute, Raikes Foundation and Schultz Family Foundation – convened groups from King, Pierce, and Spokane counties to launch 100-Day Challenges to accelerate efforts to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness. The 100-Day Challenges model, pioneered by the Rapid Results Institute, rallies relevant stakeholders around a shared objective – in this case, to get over 700 youth (12-17) and young adults (18-24) experiencing homelessness housed quickly. 100-Day Challenges intend to disrupt conventional ways of thinking and encourage innovative approaches to long-standing problems.
With at least 13,000 youth and young adults accessing homelessness services in Washington state each year, the 100-Day Challenge teams pushed for smarter, faster solutions. The Challenges concluded on July 29, and the three communities connected a total of 615 youth and young adults to housing.
This report provides a look at that progress, how it was achieved, and what we can do to sustain it. It also captures the incredible hard work—on top of their existing workloads—of the 100-day team members, and their recommendations going forward. We believe it will serve as a compass for future work in Washington state and across the nation.