Office of Homeless Youth

A homeless youth asks for donations with a sign saying "homeless and hungry - please help"

Every night, thousands of homeless youth in Washington go to sleep without safety, stability, and support of a family or home. Created in 2015, the Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs (OHY) leads the statewide efforts to reduce and prevent homelessness for youth and young adults through five priority service areas to ensure our youth and young adults have:

  • Stable Housing - Every youth has a safe and healthy place to sleep at night.
  • Family Reconciliation - Families are reunited when safe and appropriate.
  • Permanent Connections  - Youth have opportunities to establish positive, healthy relationships with adults.
  • Education and Employment - Youth have opportunities to advance in their education or training and obtain employment.
  • Social and Emotional Well-Being - Youth have access  to behavioral and physical health care; services nurture each youth's individual strengths and abilities.

Programs

We work with partners and communities to establish ongoing and future funding, policy, and best practices related to improving the lives of homeless youth in Washington.  Funding for the Office of Homeless Youth is specifically allocated to four programs, each with a targeted mission, working together to increase the well-being of youth and young adults in transition.

Contracted Youth Service Providers (Excel)

Crisis Residential Centers

Temporary residence, assessment, referrals, and permanency planning services provided in semi-secure and secure facilities for youth ages 12 through 17 who are in conflict with their family, have run away from home, or whose health and safety is at risk.

HOPE Centers

Temporary residence, assessment, referrals, and permanency planning services for street youth under the age of 18.

Independent Youth Housing Program

Rental assistance and case management for eligible youth who have aged out of the state foster care system.  Participants must be between 18 and 23 years old, have been a dependent of the state at any time during the four-month period preceding his or her 18th birthday, and meet income eligibility. Priority is given to young adults who were dependents of the state for at least one year.

Street Youth Services

Street Youth Services (SYS) connect youth under the age of 18 to services and resources through street and community-based outreach. Services can include either directly or through referral drug/alcohol abuse intervention, crisis intervention, counseling, access to emergency shelter or housing, prevention and education activities, employment skill building, advocacy, family-focused services, and follow-up support.

Young Adult Shelter

Emergency, temporary shelter, assessment, referrals, and permanency planning services for young adults ages 18 through 24.

Young Adult Housing Program

Resources for rent assistance, transitional housing, and case management for young adults ages 18 through 24.

Technical Assistance

Coordinated Entry

The Office of Homeless Youth provides the following guidance to Coordinated Entries (CE's) regarding protocols for assessing, prioritizing, and referring homeless youth (under 18) and young adults (18-24) to housing resources: Five Recommendations for Making Coordinated Entry Work for Homeless Youth and Young Adults. This guidance is a tool for CE's and homeless youth providers as they mutually work to ensure housing resources are accessible to those homeless youth and young adults who are most in need.

HOPE Center and Crisis Residential Center Programs Webinar

HOPE Center and Crisis Residential Center (CRC) programs provide temporary residence for homeless youth ages 12 through 17. The Office of Homeless Youth hosted an informational webinar on how to operate HOPE and CRC programs on April 27th, 2017. Presenters during the webinar included:

  • Division of Licensed Resources, DSHS
  • Office of Homeless Youth, Department of Commerce
  • Current HOPE/CRC services provider
  • A recording of the webinar plus all relevant handouts and documents can be found here.

    Advisory Committee

    The work of the office is guided by a 12-member advisory committee composed of advocates, legislators, law enforcement, service providers, and other stakeholders. Except for legislative members, advisory committee members are appointed by the Governor.

    Committee Members
    Rep. Jake Fey (D) - 27th Legislative District
    Sen. David Frockt (D) - 46th Legislative District
    Sen. Mark Miloscia (R) - 30th Legislative District
    Rep. Melanie Stambaugh (R) - 25th Legislative District
    Vicente Acosta, parent advocate, Othello School District
    Tatyana Barron, youth advocate, The Mockingbird Society
    Kim Bogucki, Detective, Seattle Police Department
    Bridget Cannon, parent advocate, Volunteers of America
    Melinda Giovengo, Director, YouthCare
    Kris Hermanns, Director, Pride Foundation
    Katara Jordan, Senior Manager, Building Changes
    Casey Trupin, Program Officer, Raikes Foundation

    Vote to Endorse 2016 OHY Report to the Governor and Legislature (PDF)
    Draft Vision and Principles (PDF)

    Advisory Committee Meetings

    Information and Documents
    November 14, 2017 in Spokane

    Check back closer to the meeting for documents.

    July 26th, 2017, in Seattle

    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • 12:00- 5:00 PM
    • 12:00-2:30 PM: OHY advisory committee meeting
    • 2:45-5:00 PM: Youth Leadership Summit
    • University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture
    • 3501 NE 41st Street
    • Seattle, WA 98195

    May 9, 2017 in Tacoma

    February 3, 2017 in Olympia
    2016 Meetings

    October 5 in SeaTac


    August 31 in Ellensburg
    July 14 in SeaTac
    May 10 in Spokane
    April 5 in SeaTac
    February 29

    Do You Need Help?

    If you or someone you know needs assistance, you can find help by using the 211 Washington Information Network.

    If you are a young person who is thinking about running away or already has, you can talk to someone confidentially at the National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929

    Funding Opportunity:

    OHY Program Procurement RFP

    The Office of Homeless Youth (OHY) is seeking proposals to allocate resources that provide safety and stability to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. All programs administered by OHY are included in this funding opportunity and include HOPE Centers and/or Crisis Residential Centers, Secure Crisis Residential Centers, Street Youth Services, Young Adult Shelter, Young Adult Housing Program, and Independent Youth Housing Program. Applicants can apply for one or more funding options through this single application.

    All funding awards are contingent upon final 2017-19 budget appropriations.

    Grants awarded will be effective January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

    Proposals are due by August 17, 2017 - 4:00pm, PST.

    Recorded Bidders webinar: Office of Homeless Youth FY 18-19 

    OHY Program Procurement RFP Documents:
    Request for Proposals (PDF)
    Application (Word)
    Organization Administrative Review and Budget Worksheets (Excel)
    Policy Memo (PDF)
    Draft Outcome Measures (PDF)

    Draft Program Guidelines (PDFs):

    News and Announcements

    Research, Data, and Reports

    Partners

    Office of Homeless Youth staff

    Kim Justice
    Executive Director
    Kim.Justice@commerce.wa.gov
    Phone: 360-725-5055

    Cheryl Bayle
    Program Manager
    Cheryl.Bayle@commerce.wa.gov
    Phone: 360-725-2997

    Cole Ketcherside
    Program Coordinator
    Cole.Ketcherside@commerce.wa.gov
    Phone: 360-725-5056

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