New Numbers on National LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

Last week, the second major installment of the Voices of Youth Count study was released by Chapin Hall. Voices of Youth Count (VoYC) is an academic, peer-reviewed study that the Campion Foundation is proud to fund along with a number of our charitable partners.

As we’ve noted in the past, one of the long-standing problems with fighting youth homelessness is the lack of reliable data about the scale of the problem. The initial release from Chapin Hall contained enormously helpful information about the nationwide scope of youth homelessness – and this new release narrows down the data to look at how LGBTQ youth and young adults are impacted.

The findings prove what many of you have noticed anecdotally in the field: that LGBTQ youth are disproportionately at greater risk of homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth.

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Join the Team to End Youth Homelessness in Washington!

Our grantee A Way Home Washington (AWHWA) is hiring for two new critical positions in their mission to end youth and young adult homelessness in Washington!

AWHWA partners with the state Office of Homeless Youth, philanthropic foundations, advocates, and service providers who support over 13,000 unaccompanied young people experiencing homelessness in Washington. They lead and coordinate these stakeholders as they work collectively to build a statewide system so that local communities can respond to youth and young adult homelessness in their areas.

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Unprecedented Legislative Successes to End Homelessness

Washington’s legislative session ended on March 8th, and there’s no other way to say this: 2018 has been an incredible year for affordable housing and homelessness advocacy.

Last year, a critical special election resulted in the Washington State Senate having its first progressive majority in half a decade – as long as Jay Inslee has been Governor.

When session started in January, the legislature – led by Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson and Speaker of the House Frank Chopp – hit the ground running to pass legislative priorities that had been blocked for years, many of which had never even received a committee hearing.

After the dust settled 60 days later, it was clear that this legislative session was the most impactful session for homelessness policy in more than 20 years. 

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Join us to discuss supporting Nonprofit Community Leaders

Join us to discuss supporting Nonprofit Community Leaders

Campion Advocacy Fund is proud to be part of the Statewide Capacity Collaborative (SCC), a coalition that works to strengthen the nonprofit sector in our state.

Later this month, the SCC is hosting an open discussion in the Puget Sound area for anyone passionate about nonprofit and community leadership. This event will bring together people at all levels of leadership (community, emerging, executive, informal, etc.) to explore the unique challenges they face. Emerging leaders in the nonprofit field are especially welcome!

WHAT: Open Space Conversation: How Can We Support Leaders in Our Communities?
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM
WHERE: Centro Latino
1208 S 10th St
Tacoma, WA 98405

RSVP here to attend the conversation!

Thank you, we hope to see you later this month in Tacoma.

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Tom Campion in the Methow Valley News: Arctic Refuge Faces Most Serious Threat Since 1960

Tom Campion in the Methow Valley News: Arctic Refuge Faces Most Serious Threat Since 1960

Our trustee Tom Campion authored a guest column in the Methow Valley News this week:

For the past 60 years, the Arctic Refuge has been protected by a bipartisan coalition of leaders who understood that it is meant to be cherished and preserved, not turned over to destructive oil and gas production.

Now, the Arctic Refuge faces its most serious threat since Republican President Dwight Eisenhower first set it aside for protection in 1960.

Our Washington senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have led the fight to keep the Arctic Refuge protected, but in December a powerful consortium of special interests succeeded in placing drilling into the tax bill that the president signed into law.

Read the entire column at

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