"In the last year, Northwest Youth Services (NWYS) provided nearly 1,000 minors and young adults experiencing homelessness with food, shelter and supplies. Since 1976, the Whatcom County-based nonprofit has been a doorway to safety and pathway to progress for thousands of at-risk, runaway and homeless youth.
A new apartment building in Bellingham, called “22 North,” is NWYS’s latest housing project. It’s slated to open in mid-October. Photo credit: Matt Benoit.
Through a series of quality programs, and partnerships with local organizations like Peoples Bank, NWYS continues their quest to end youth homelessness. Peoples Bank works with NWYS to provide sponsorship and financial resources, as well as internal leadership.
NWYS is making a major impact through “22 North,” a new multi-story apartment building providing supportive housing for homeless young adults. The building, located at 1022 North State Street, is slated to open in mid-October.
The building will feature 40 studio apartments split between NWYS and the OC. It will have many of the aforementioned support services on-site, helping these young adults on their journey to independence and well-being."
This past week’s service to our community with @haircutswithheart ✂️❤️ #aboutlastfriday#dayoffwork#homelessyouth#77saloninc#Repost @hapagirl77 with @get_repost
Days spent volunteering are food for the soul. 💫
YEAH (Youth Engagement Advocacy #housing ) was my shop for the day... ✂️❤️ spent the afternoon giving free cuts to #homeless youth in Berkeley. Each experience is different and every experience is 💯
Volunteered alongside @rbeardsleyhair @n_shearpassion @teresasculpts @cynthiaannwiley @haircutswithheart who give endlessly each time. I encourage every stylist, barber, human to make giving and volunteering a part of their regular routine. You never know who you will touch and make a positive lasting impression on forever. It amazes me every time, that the smallest thing like a haircut, can really empower a person. We all can’t save the world out here by ourselves, but we can spread kindness. And showing someone you care can start making that change. I did about 5 haircuts this event... each of the young people I had in my chair were so appreciative. One of my guys had his eyes closed the whole haircut, as I was taking all his hair off he let out a big sigh and said he could feel a weight being lifted off of him. And how he didn’t think this experience was gonna make him feel so good. 😌 One young man across the room got a cut from another stylist, came around after he was finished and gave each stylist a hug and thanked them for being there. (He said we should twice a month...😉) Some of these youth experiencing #homelessness are dealing with abuse, mental disabilities, rough times, ptsd, drug addiction, cost of living in the Bay Area, and so much more. Some of the conversations I heard involved being a young parent, dealing with sensory issues, being in jail, and political issues. When we’re here, we listen.
We got to see some of the facility, where they house 30+people permanently with mats at night and lockers with about 2 ft. of space for all your belongings. Dinner was being prepared as we were packing up to go home. Thank you @haircutswithheart for another humbling event✂️❤️ And thanks for anyone who read to the end🙏
Cheri Pettitt, the CEO of the Arnette House, looks over an artist's rendering of a new 20 x 40 ft pool they plan on building at the Arnette House in Ocala, Florida. The Arnette House, a local Youth Shelter, needs to raise $30,000 for the installation of a swimming pool so they can teach kids how to swim and also provide a recreational activity at the facility. They have already cleared acreage for the construction of the pool. #osb#arnettehouse#pool#pools#youthshelter
"King County plans to turn a wing of the downtown Seattle jail into a shelter for homeless people, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Thursday.
The county has one of the worst homeless crises in the nation, and for the third year since Constantine announced a state of emergency around homelessness, winter is approaching. “As I look around and I see the number of people who are continuing to be out on the streets,” Constantine said during a news conference Thursday outside the King County Correctional Facility. “And then I see a vacant building right here in the middle of downtown Seattle, it seems to me that we really have a moral obligation to open that up and provide an opportunity for people to get in out of the weather.” The west wing of the jail was used to house minimum-security inmates, but it was shut down to save money in 2012. Now it holds classrooms, staff offices and training spaces.
The jail wing will have 125 to 150 beds, will shelter mostly men and will cost around $2 million to renovate and turn into a shelter. Another $2 million will be each year spent on operating costs. King County hasn’t yet decided what service provider will manage the space.
While some in King County government and homeless advocacy feared putting homeless people in the King County Jail would send the wrong message, a spokesman for the executive’s office said that many providers in Seattle had some input on the decision."
"Should Seattle follow San Diego and Los Angeles and use large sprung tents to get people off the streets and on to a path to housing?
The city auditor thinks so, as do some on the city council. But in a recent budget briefing, Navigation Team chief Fred Podesta warned the city council against jumping in too quickly. “Seeing kind of our past uptake and acceptance of offers of shelter, I think we’d need to … carefully think about are people going to accept an enormous 150-person dormitory that’s in one big tent?” Podesta said. “We’d have to think about the design because we’ve seen different results with different kinds of offers, so before we get too bound up in the efficiency of a particular structure type, I think we really have to think about how our clients will react to it,” Podesta warned.
But Council member Teresa Mosqueda, who recently visited similar sites in Los Angeles, stressed the need for urgency. “I don’t mean to be disparaging, director,” Mosqueda countered. “We don’t have time to think about it anymore, especially when we have examples of other cities that have already looked at what’s going on well.” She said her visit to L.A. shows that you can create large tents that have barriers between each of the beds, that allow double beds for couples, that allow pets and that include showers and lockers and even green spaces for gardening, in addition to onsite case management – something just about everyone now agrees is vital to successfully addressing the homeless crisis."
"The HUB is finalizing rules that ban lying down and sprawling out on couches, sleeping for more than 30 minutes, using the restroom for cutting hair or bathing, and panhandling.
This fall, while the UW is trying to help the homeless people who are around it, it’s also struggling with a regional homelessness crisis that drifts onto the open campus.
The HUB is finalizing rules that ban lying down and sprawling out on couches, sleeping for more than 30 minutes, using the restroom for cutting hair or bathing, and panhandling, according to a draft of the policy obtained by The Seattle Times. The HUB has also secured funding for a part-time security officer, according to Justin Camputaro, the HUB director.
Some at UW are worried this could snarl up their efforts to help the University District’s street youth. Josephine Ensign, a nursing professor and well-known author on poverty and homelessness, heard about the HUB’s rule change while she was planning an upcoming event for homeless youth in the HUB. It is part of the Doorway Project, a state-funded partnership between UW and local social workers to create a community space in the U District for homeless youth.
Homeless youth already navigate their way around the U District — through places they feel more welcome, like Starbucks, or less welcome — and staff at ROOTS, a youth and young adult homeless shelter on The Ave, said this change would just mean one more place they can’t sleep."
"Last month, Pearl Jam played a pair of special hometown shows at Seattle's Safeco Field. Not only did the concerts mark the band's first hometown stand in five years, but the proceeds went to help fighting Seattle's homeless problem—the third worst in the nation. The rockers managed to collect over $11 million to benefit the city's homeless population.
On Thursday (September 27) the band took their cause one step further and by partnering with All Home and A Way Home Washington's "Anchor Community" initiative to help eliminate youth homelessness statewide by 2020." The band's guitarist Stone Gossard spoke at a press conference in Seattle on Thursday (September 27) to announce Pearl Jam's involvement in the efforts. “On behalf of The Home Shows, we’re excited to announce our support for these two coordinated efforts to end youth homelessness in Seattle and Washington State. This is the first major donation to come out of The Home Shows Fund, and we’re ready to continue our work with All Home and A Way Home Washington to help make sure every young person in our community has a home,” Gossard said. "Just as our community came together around The Home Shows, these initiatives will bring together nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, schools, families, and the community, to connect young people with the services they need to exit homelessness quickly, and find permanent and safe housing."
Tomorrow One Health Clinic will be providing services for those 13-25 yrs old experiencing homelessness & their pets/support animals at New Horizons from 6:30pm-9pm!! Location: New Horizons, 2709 3rd Ave
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We tend to focus on the youth and families who come to us for help but, just the other day, we received a touching reminder from someone who didn’t make it to Casa Youth Shelter. A gentleman approached CYS Outreach Director Pam Sepulveda in the courtyard of our shelter. He was in his mid 60s and looked inquisitive. “Does this place take in homeless teens?” he asked. “Yes,” replied Pam. “Do you know a youth who needs help?” He proceeded to tell Pam that he had been homeless from the time he was 6 years old. He committed his first armed robbery at the age of 15. “I needed you,” the man said. “I just didn’t know it at the time. I love what you are doing here and I just wanted to let you know.” He introduced himself just by his first name and then handed Pam $20. She offered to give him a receipt, a thank you note, even a tour of the shelter. “No thanks,” he said. “I just want to be able to help you help these kids.” Then he walked away. To all of the troubled youth who grew up without support or intervention, we hope you are thriving as adults. And to all the youth out there who might need our services, we are here for you all day every day. #shelter#youth#youthshelter#homeless#homelessness#CasaYouthShelter#givingback#LosAlamitos#Rossmoor#SealBeach#LongBeach#Cypress#Cerritos#community#anaheim
We tend to focus on the youth and families who come to us for help but, just the other day, we received a touching reminder from someone who didn’t make it to Casa Youth Shelter. A gentleman approached CYS Outreach Director Pam Sepulveda in the courtyard of our shelter. He was in his mid 60s and looked inquisitive. “Does this place take in homeless teens?” he asked. “Yes,” replied Pam. “Do you know a youth who needs help?” He proceeded to tell Pam that he had been homeless from the time he was 6 years old. He committed his first armed robbery at the age of 15. “I needed you,” the man said. “I just didn’t know it at the time. I love what you are doing here and I just wanted to let you know.” He introduced himself just by his first name and then handed Pam $20. She offered to give him a receipt, a thank you note, even a tour of the shelter. “No thanks,” he said. “I just want to be able to help you help these kids.” Then he walked away. To all of the troubled youth who grew up without support or intervention, we hope you are thriving as adults. And to all the youth out there who might need our services, we are here for you all day every day. #shelter#youth#youthshelter#homeless#homelessness#CasaYouthShelter#givingback#LosAlamitos#Rossmoor#SealBeach#LongBeach#Cypress#Cerritos#community
Seattle's Eviction Epidemic. "Sarah Stewart has lived in Seattle for more than two and a half decades. She recently became homeless. Stewart has a degenerative illness and deals with chronic pain and fatigue that limit her ability to work. Last year, she was struggling to stay on top of her rent payments, which ultimately led to her eviction. "In the end the landlord had all the power and not only were they able to evict me, but they also burdened me with more than $2,000 in late fees, attorney fees, and other non-rent fees,” Stewart said at a press conference at Seattle City Hall today. “Given my current situation, there is no way I will ever be able to pay that back." Stewart still works when she can and now sleeps in her car, on friends’ couches and floors, or wherever else she can find a place.
you might imagine that something as serious as being evicted from one’s home would come after months of rent went unpaid, serious damage was inflicted to the apartment or something equally grave. In Seattle, however, owing the landlord just $10 is enough to wind up in eviction court – as was the case for one tenant in 2017. Another 20 tenants last year were taken to court over $100 of back rent owed."
Thanks to @projectsocialt our residents were able to say goodbye to the Summer and welcome a new season. What a day & what a way to make memories. Games, food, perfectly toasted marshmallows, a beautiful sunset and great company. What a perfect way to spend the second day of fall 🍂
Why we love #projectsocialt 👉A few years ago, Project Social T created a program called “Our Projects". We were fortunate to be selected as one of the beneficiaries and the company has done so much for us ever since. Throughout the years they have helped us #HBYS with monetary contributions and unforgettable outings for the residents ❣️
"What would it cost to help each homeless person? It depends on where they’re staying. Emergency shelter: $14,207. Transitional housing: $12,021. Rapid rehousing: $7,351.
Most people who were living outside get inside through emergency shelter; about two-thirds of the entries in the homeless information database i n King County were for shelter, according to the Commerce data. But King County has been emphasizing rapid rehousing and moving away from transitional housing.So there is no easy way of getting to a bottom-line number to get people housed.
It’s important to note that people’s need for services varies widely. Some people need far more help to become healthy and housed. And it is possible — even likely — unsheltered people struggling with substance use or mental illness are already getting some type of help.
There about 30,000 people a year who request an array of homeless services in King County. Not all of them are unsheltered or need mental-health or substance-abuse treatment.
Even if local government spent thousands to get each person inside, there are not enough affordable housing units for those people to go into."
Shout out to @roncorning @wfaa for posing in front of our #rainbowdoor#iamup @dallashopecharities @ntxgivingday
The Seattle/King County Clinic will be Key Arena Sept 20th - Sept 23rd for their amazing event providing free dental, vision, and medical care for those in need!! All are welcome. Patients do not need ID or proof of immigration status. Services are not limited to residents of Seattle and King County. Free admission tickets distributed at 5:00 AM in the tent on Fisher Pavilion.
Check the Facebook event page for more info!!!
"A local non-profit that serves the mental health needs of Portland’s homeless youth received a $2.5 million federal grant.
Outside In announced the grant Wednesday and explained how they plan to use the funds.
The non-profit will start a new program called “Rise Support.” It will offer therapy, skills classes and mindfulness techniques for young adults struggling with homelessness.
Outside In already offers a similar program, but this will allow them to serve a wider set of needs and expand their capacity my more than 100 people."
The Amazon founder, the world’s wealthiest person, said Thursday on Twitter that he and his wife, MacKenzie, would commit $2 billion to fund existing nonprofits working with homeless families and to create a network of nonprofit preschools in low-income communities. The initiative, national in scope, will be called the Bezos Day One Fund, borrowing from Amazon’s corporate mantra to approach tasks with the initiative of a startup’s first day."
The Seattle/King County Clinic is coming up September 20th!!! A four-day health clinic that provides free dental, vision and medical care for people who struggle to access or afford healthcare.
All are welcome! Patients do not need ID or proof of immigration status. Services are not limited to residents of Seattle and King County. • Free admission tickets distributed at 5:00 AM in the tent on Fisher Pavilion (Corner of 2nd Ave N & Thomas St). One ticket per person.
• No advance registration: FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED
• Highest demand for tickets on Saturday & Sunday
• Interpreters available
• Free parking in two locations:
- Mercer St. Garage, 650 3rd Ave N
- 1st Ave Garage, 220 1st Ave N
All services are FREE and include:
DENTAL: Fillings, extractions, x-rays, deep cleanings
VISION: Vision screening, complete eye exams, reading glasses and prescription eyeglasses. Bring a current eyeglass prescription (no older than one year) to skip the exam and just get eyeglasses.
MEDICAL: Physical exams, PAP smears, x-rays, EKGs, mammograms, ultrasounds, foot care, wound care, select lab tests, behavioral health, immunizations, acupuncture, naturopathic and chiropractic care, physical and occupational therapy consultation, nutrition and pharmacy counseling, skin cancer screening.
RESOURCES: Social work, help with health insurance, and more!
"A first-of-its-kind homeless shelter geared towards young people has opened at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center in Kailua.
Young adults from 18 to 24 are one of the fastest-growing groups of people falling into homelessness, according to the state's annual homeless "point-in-time" count. And a majority of adolescents living at RYSE — or Residential Youth Services and Empowerment — say their childhood was spent either on the street, in foster care or locked up at a detention facility.
RYSE Executive Director Carla Houser said adult shelters can be a "scary place" for a young person who's alone and trying to figure things out. "Our model is really to be adolescent-specific," she said.
The shelter houses a total of 20 young men and women from 18 to 24. On-site GED prep and vocational training is provided along with access to drug treatment and behavioral health programs. "Our whole purpose here is, how do we elevate you out of that poverty, said Houser. Is it through education? Is it through better employment opportunities? We figure out where they want to go and surround them with the tools to get there." The shelter has only been up and running for 90 days, but it's already at capacity and has a waiting list.
Already, several residents have landed jobs and one young woman moved into a place of her own."
"Cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, which is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with six homeless people from Boise, Idaho, who sued the city in 2009 over a local ordinance that banned sleeping in public spaces. The ruling could affect several other cities across the U.S. West that have similar laws.
It comes as many places across the West Coast are struggling with homelessness brought on by rising housing costs and income inequality.
When the Boise lawsuit was filed, attorneys for the homeless residents said as many as 4,500 people didn’t have a place to sleep in Idaho’s capital city and homeless shelters only had about 700 available beds or mats. The case bounced back and forth in the courts for years, and Boise modified its rules in 2014 to say homeless people couldn’t be prosecuted for sleeping outside when shelters were full.
But that didn’t solve the problem, the attorneys said, because Boise’s shelters limit the number of days that homeless residents can stay. Two of the city’s three shelters also require some form of religious participation for some programs, making those shelters unsuitable for people with different beliefs, the homeless residents said.
The ruling shows it’s time for Boise officials to start proposing “real solutions,” said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, whose attorneys were among those representing the homeless residents."
"After last month’s #SeaHomeless day — a day when Seattle-area media joined forces to cover the issue of homelessness — we turned to our readers and asked what question you’d like us to focus on next.
It’s not surprising that Crosscut readers are wondering about spending: We’ve poured tens of millions of dollars into addressing homelessness. Seattle and King County have been in an official “state of emergency” because of the issue since 2015. And our latest plan to pay for solutions — a head tax on big businesses in Seattle — got bombed on the runway, revoked by the Seattle City Council before it could take effect. Meanwhile, the problem continues to get worse. Recent voter polls show major discontent with how the Seattle City Council has addressed the issue.
Figuring out exactly what we’re paying, however, is complicated.
Take 2017. Seattle set aside $54 million for homelessness investments. A tally from the end of last year by the Seattle Times estimated that the combined spending in King County exceeded $195 million. The Puget Sound Business Journal, meanwhile, estimates that the total annual price tag for the region was more than $1 billion.
In order to understand those costs, you first have to understand the homeless population in pieces; different populations of homeless individuals incur different costs in their daily lives.
Treating some of those root causes of homelessness — issues such as mental illness or drug addiction — can get really costly. A DESC study published in 2009 looked at the costs incurred by chronically homeless individuals with severe alcohol problems. The researchers looked at bills racked up by jail bookings, shelter and sobering center use, publicly funded alcohol and drug detoxification and treatment, emergency medical services, Medicaid-funded services, and other services. The cost ranged from $2,067 to $8,264 for each individual per month. That's $24,804 to $99,168 per year.
So what is the state of chronic homelessness in the Seattle area today? It’s not good. All Home’s count found an increase of 28 percent in chronically homeless individuals between 2017 and 2018 — and spending is increasing right along with it.”
"Of all the proposed solutions to Seattle’s homelessness problem, the Block Project is surely one of the most audacious. But one Seattle family is giving it a try, opening its heart—and backyard—to a homeless man. And more than 100 families are waiting in the wings.
It has taken time for the Block Project to get off the ground—so far, just the Beacon Hill home is complete, and another is under construction in Greenwood. But Hohlbein hopes that once the project starts to gain acceptance, it will be possible to expedite the construction process so that those 100 homeowners can host Block homes of their own, and be followed by another 100, and another.
Currently, each home is funded by contributions from Facing Homelessness donors and built with volunteer labor and materials. For the future, Hohlbein envisions the basic components of each tiny home—essentially, four walls, a roof and a large window—being constructed off-site and then trucked in for quick assembly. For now, though, construction can take many weeks.
It will, of course, take more than two Block homes to make this project a success, and more than one of these small houses on every block in Seattle to house the estimated 12,000 people in King County who lack a permanent place to call home. But elected officials who have been overwhelmed by the magnitude of the homelessness crisis welcome all potential solutions—particularly those, like the Block Project, that rely on donations rather than government subsidies."
Earlier this month we reached out to all of you for help regarding our back to school drive & the response we received was incredible! We are so grateful to everyone that helped & glad that many kids are starting off the school year with the tools for success 📓 ✏️
To the wonderful people who donated; THANK YOU ♥️ We can’t name everyone but just to name a few:
"Nearly two years and three mayoral administrations have come and gone since Seattle and King County officials began discussing a proposal to construct prefabricated modular housing for the city’s homeless residents.
County authorities now say they’re poised to move forward with around $12 million in development projects for modular homes.
Under the plan, the county would purchase enough single and dormitory-style modular units to house about 170 people at two locations: A county-owned parking lot in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, and a second site in Shoreline near Aurora Avenue North and North 198th Street. The location of a third facility, to house 25 more people, has not yet been determined."
ROOTS Community!! We are currently in need of food donations such as coffee, rice, pasta, pasta sauce (large cans), and canned foods.
If you would like to bring donations by please give us a call at 206-632-1635!
You can also check out our Amazon Wish List on our website for needed items!
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!
Pearl Jam partners with local artists to fight against homelessness. "Tracey Lester remembers what it was like to be a homeless mother with four young girls. "It was like a hard road. I always felt so exhausted," said Lester.
Life is better today. "I feel grateful that I have housing," said Lester. But she added that she worries about the people living on the streets.
Seattle non-profit, Path with Art, helps Lester express the pain and trauma that she suffered. Holly Jacobson, Path with Art's Executive Director, accepts art students who are living in or recovering from homelessness, addiction, or trauma.
A few weeks ago the gallery highlighted hometown band, Pearl Jam. "What Pearl Jam is doing is revolutionary and should be replicated all over the world," said Jacobson."
Over 50 kids/teens learned about note taking, time management, stress management & healthy study habits at our back-to-school event ✏️ At the end of the workshop every single one of them got a brand new backpack filled with school supplies needed for a successful school year! .
Huge THANKS to everyone that stopped by the #YouthShelter and dropped off donations & a really big thank you to our two event sponsors: @elpolloloco and @toyotaofhb !! We couldn't have done it without any of you #commUNITY
Join us as we raise funds to support Restoring Hope (youth shelter) and activities of NewLife Project Inc. Also participate in our Back to School Drive for children in Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, and Ghana.
Join us as we raise funds to support the activities of NewLife Project Inc and Restoring Hope (a local youth shelter). Also participate in the Back to School Drive for economically disadvantaged children in Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, and Ghana. 😁
"Back in January, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus convened the One Table task force—a group of over 70 business leaders, homeless service providers, nonprofit affordable housing developers, local elected officials, and other stakeholders—with the goal of developing “community action steps to confront the root causes of homelessness under an “aggressive timeline.” When the formation of the group was announced, Durkan said in a press release that it was designed to “create a regional, coordinated approach and holistic response to our homelessness crisis.” "However, a “regional, coordinated approach” has yet to materialize roughly eight months into One Table’s existence. While the task force has produced a very broad set of policy recommendations, it still has no way at this point of ensuring that local governments, non-profits, or the private sector actually pursue them.
Despite the continued lack of the detailed regional action plan, several One Table members that spoke at the Aug. 3 meeting were clear about what they think is needed to address the crisis—increased financial resources. As acting All Home Director Kira Zylstra told the room, “Ultimately, the need is housing and money.”
G O O D // honored to be creating and transforming old homes -> new shells into welcoming and inspiring homes for the homeless youth (and babies!!) with @covenant_house in partnership with @homepolish 🔨🚧❤️