Helping Youth to Find a Home

In January of 2017, King County was selected as 1 of 10 communities across the United States to implement a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP). This selection comes with a funding allocation of $5.4 million over two years to end the crisis of youth and young adults (YYA) experiencing homelessness. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The YHDP work is led by the community’s "continuum of care" organizing entity, All Home King County. In engagement with the community over the past months, All Home has crafted a Coordinated Community Plan that was submitted to HUD in October of 2017. While $5.4 million over two years is far from enough money to end the crisis of YYA homelessness, partners hope the successful strategies implemented in this demonstration project will be funded through the "continuum of care" application and other local and state funding sources.

The All Home team will lead the work and report to a group of entities including a newly formed Youth Advisory Board. This group of young people will ensure that youth are deeply engaged in identifying solutions that address the crisis of homelessness, serving as foundational leaders in shaping solutions to end homelessness for young people in King County. 

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Our senior consultant Derek Wentorf has participated in the YHDP stakeholder group and has also provided strategic guidance and leadership to several other community efforts including the recent 100 Day Challenge to Address Youth and Young Adult Homelessness that the State of Washington completed in late July. This effort connected 615 young people to stable housing and identified some lessons learned noted in the 100 Day Challenge Key Findings Report.