Technical Assistance

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Office of Homeless Youth Program Guidelines

HOPE Centers, Crisis Residential Centers and Secure Crisis Residential Centers provide emergency, temporary residence, assessment, referral, family reconciliation and permanency-planning services for youth (ages 12-17) who are in conflict with their family, have run away from home, or whose health and safety is at risk.

Transitional Living Programs (pilot project) provide long-term housing, assessment, referral, ongoing family engagement and permanency-planning services for non-state dependent youth (ages 16-17). 

Ancillary Therapeutic Services provides behavioral health services to eligible youth in crisis within HOPE, CRC and licensed overnight youth shelters.

Download the Licensed Group Care Programs Guidelines (PDF)

Young Adult Housing Programs provide rental assistance, transitional housing, and case management to eligible young adults (ages 18-24).

Independent Youth Housing Programs Rental assistance and case management for young adults (ages 18-24) who were dependents of Washington State or federally recognized tribal foster care before age 18 and meet low-income limits.

Download the Housing Programs Guidelines (PDF)

Street Outreach Services provides street and community-based outreach services to street youth (ages 12-18) and unaccompanied young adults (ages 18-24). Services such as crisis intervention, emergency supplies and shelter, health care, counseling, prevention and education activities, employment skill building, advocacy and follow-up support are delivered directly or through referral.

The Young Adult Shelter program provides emergency, temporary shelter, assessment, referrals and permanency planning services for young adults ages 18-24.

Download the Outreach Programs Guidelines (PDF)

The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) aims to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. The goal of the YHDP is to support selected communities, including rural, suburban and urban areas across the United States, in developing and implementing a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The Washington Balance of State (WA-BoS) received an award in 2018 to benefit the 23 most rural counties in Washington.

Program Guidelines and Resources

Webinars and Documents

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.

Street Outreach Webinar:

SYS programs conduct outreach to engage runaway and homeless youth in services, including shelter, housing, and case management. This webinar is for current or prospective SYS grantees to better understand the scope of SYS services, program guidelines, and best practices. The webinar was recorded on May 16th, 2018 and included participation from current and former SYS providers!

Listen to the webinar recording and view the PowerPoint slides.

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Coordinated Entry

The Office of Homeless Youth provides the following guidance to Coordinated Entries (CEs) 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 CEs 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.

Guidance on HUD Categories of Homelessness

The Office of Homeless Youth does not provide services directly; please refer to this list of resources for youth and young adults in your area.

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