This Crisis Is Solvable
This summer, the national effort to end youth homelessness took a huge step forward with the official launch of A Way Home America. This initiative will build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people in America and the Campion Foundation is proud to be a partner.
As a coalition of homeless youth providers, advocates, researchers, government agencies, philanthropists and young people, A Way Home America (AWHA) has set the following goals for the year 2020:
- Prevent and end homelessness among all youth and young adults
- Ensure that homelessness among youth and young adults is rare, and if it occurs, is brief and one-time.
Youth homelessness is a serious issue in America. On any given night, an estimated 36,907 youth experience homelessness without a parent or guardian. Often, these young people are fleeing abuse and neglect. Up to 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ and young people of color are disproportionately represented.
Over the next year, AWHA will elevate the issue of youth homelessness nationally, identify the policies needed, and provide a collective voice to advocate for changes critical to address this issue. We will learn from young people who have experienced homeless what is needed and we will challenge local communities to establish ambitious goals to house homeless youth.
It was great news when Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Act in April, 2015. It was a big step towards making sure that no young people ever have to spend a night on the streets. But there is so much more to do.
That’s why we are moving forward with key stakeholders to launch a statewide campaign to end youth homelessness in Washington state. We believe our state can be a leader in this effort around the country. Take a look at the resources, stories and partners below, and be sure to check back for updates on our progress.
Passage of Capital Budget Keeps Hope Alive for Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits Last week, the Washington State Legislature passed the state’s Capital Budget, ending several months of gridlock that began during last year’s legislative session. Included in the CapitalMore ›
This week was the start of Washington’s 2018 legislative session, and already our lawmakers have an opportunity to save millions of dollars that will help people experiencing homelessness. Passage of the Capital Budget, which includes $106 million in funding toMore ›
By Sheila Babb Anderson One of the long-standing problems with fighting youth homelessness is the lack of reliable data about the scale of the problem. While earlier studies have indicated that we have around 13,000 homeless youth and young adultsMore ›
Guest post from Jim Theofelis, Executive Director of A Way Home Washington: 100-Day Challenges to Impact Youth & Young Adult Homelessness: Washington State Report Earlier this year, communities in King, Pierce, and Spokane counties came together in an unprecedented effortMore ›
(The following Op-Ed was authored by Kim Justice and Jim Theofelis and originally published in the Seattle Times February 1, 2017) On any given night, in every county of our state, many youth and young adults have no family toMore ›