Homelessness is a national crisis that affects all of us. A recent national study found that 1 in 10 young adults aged 18-25 experienced some form of homelessness over a 12-month period. This data is sobering and indicates that 3.5 million young adults are living at risk of homelessness or are currently on the streets. We are witnessing a similar trend in Seattle, WA, and King County, where both the city and county declared a homelessness emergency in 2015.
The Foundation is committed to working locally in partnership with the business community, public sector and provider community to ensure that youth and young adults, and families in Washington State have the resources they need to either avoid a night on the streets or to make the experience a one-time event that leads to safe and stable housing. We are working locally to learn and inform efforts across the country.