About A Way Home Washington
A Way Home Washington is a statewide movement to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness. We focus on the 13,000 – 15,000 young people in Washington State who are surviving homelessness on their own. That’s equivalent to nearly a quarter of the state’s entire high school graduation class per year. These young people are separated from their families and need extra support to find housing and a path forward.
To meet their needs, In partnership with the Office of Homeless Youth, we are working to 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 are committed to shedding light on the often overlooked reality of youth homelessness—changing perceptions about homelessness and helping draw attention to the problem at both a state and local community level.
We work with partners across Washington state to connect youth with stable housing and employment, education, and health services. By engaging on a local level, we also hope to connect communities with one another to discuss common barriers and solutions for ending youth homelessness.
We know local communities are resourceful, innovative, and know their backyards better than anybody else. That’s why we are going deep in regions across Washington state—working with local partners to develop solutions that meet their unique needs and circumstances.
Building on Progress:
A Way Home Washington is inspired by A Way Home Canada and A Way Home America. Each of these movements is creating innovative partnerships to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness across North America. We hope to be a national model to lead the way for other state-level and local efforts.