Homelessness
Our Impact

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.

Our
Impact


During 2017, the Foundation’s focus on homelessness in Washington State contributed to the following:

  • 615


    Homeless youth and young adults obtained safe and stable housing through 100-Day Challenges in three Washington State counties

  • 322


    Families that Mary’s Place, an organization that provides shelters and services, moved into stable housing through the use of direct client assistance and diversion

  • 70%


    Increase in the number of beds at Mary’s Place in 2017

GET
HELP

If you are a homeless youth or young adult in King County, these organizations can help:

  • 24-Hour Shelter Hotline:
    206.236.5437

    Friends of Youth is a non-profit organization that provides services for youth and their families. Services include drug and alcohol treatment programs, counseling, foster care program, parenting classes, and teen homeless shelters across King County and Snohomish County in Washington State.

    Get Help Now

  • Phone:
    206.621.8474

    Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children and families in emergency situations in King County. They empower families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Their work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. They inspire the community to support homeless women, children, and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.

    Get Help

  • Phone: 
    206.374.0866
     or 866.646.5437

    New Horizons connects youth experiencing homelessness to resources they need to exit street life through basic services and positive relationships.

    Get Help

  • Phone:
    206.694.4500

    A leading organization in King County and nationally that builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Here’s how you can support the young people that they serve.

    Get Help

Get
Involved

Our community is strongest when individuals and companies get involved.

  • A new policy and advocacy organization that aims to create a movement that will end youth homelessness in Washington State. They have a comprehensive list of resources for how you can help prevent and end youth homelessness in the state.

    Get involved

  • Aims to connect volunteers, develop leaders, and build community – also has volunteer opportunities related to homelessness.

    Get involved

  • Has hundreds of volunteer opportunities available, including many that address homelessness and housing.

    Get involved

  • A leading organization in King County and nationally that builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Here’s how you can support the young people that they serve.

    Get involved