Grantee Spotlight:  Celebrating 10 years of leveraging resources for family homelessness

The Campion Foundation has been a strong partner on the Washington Families Fund (WFF) for more than 10 years.  We were happy to renew that support in December 2014 by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the 10th anniversary of the program, where it was renamed the Washington Youth and Families Fund. On any given night in Washington State, more than 5,000 youth and young adults are unstably housed.  WYFF will now use the same innovative structure that the Washington Families Fund always has, only now with a dual focus on families and youth. The inclusion of youth to this program will assist communities looking to meet the unique needs of youth facing homelessness.

Check out this press release and video from Campion grantee Building Changes that marked the expansion to Washington Youth and Families Fund.

The program has been a model for public-private partnerships. Created to advance new approaches to ending family homelessness, the WYFF will maximize funding from the State of Washington and from private philanthropy. Since its inception, $17 million invested by the Washington State Legislature has leveraged over $39 million from private foundations. Building Changes administers this funding to help communities across Washington address youth and family homelessness. This program allows local communities to integrate education, workforce development and health care into our response to high needs families. As a result, we’ve seen a 35% reduction in family homelessness.

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