Every year, more than 13,000 unaccompanied young people under the age of 25 experience homelessness in the state of Washington. On September 27, 2018, leaders from across the state launched Washington’s new coordinated effort to prevent and end youth homelessness.Advocates announced a widespread and diverse coalition of nonprofits, elected officials, philanthropy, businesses, and community members who are committed to helping all young people in this state find their way home. Joined by First Lady Trudi Inslee and youth advocates, A Way Home Washington and All Home announced a new coordinated effort to end youth and young adult homelessness throughout Washington.
Mrs. Inslee and A Way Home Washington (AWHWA) announced the launch of the Anchor Community Initiative, an innovative program to end youth homelessness in four Washington communities by 2022. The initial four communities are Pierce, Spokane, Yakima, and Walla Walla Counties, with hopes to eventually expand to a total of 12-15 communities across the state.With local leaders on the ground, AWHWA will bring all parts of each community to the table and develop a unique plan that covers prevention, long-term housing, treatment services, employment, and educational attainment.