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Ending Youth Homelessness
Homeless Youth Programs and Services
A variety of programs beyond shelter and housing is available to young people who are homeless. It is vital that young people on the streets know what help is out there — that there are trusted adults to help them. Outreach services ensure that homeless youth and young adults have access not only to meals and health care, but to stable housing, jobs, and an education.
Connecting homeless Seattle youth with services is often done through PRO Youth (Partners Reaching Out to Youth Countywide). A partnership of the City of Seattle and seven local social service agencies operating throughout King County, PRO Youth agencies reach more than 700 youth on the street that might not otherwise be helped.
The primary goal of PRO Youth is to help hard-to-serve homeless youth make the transition to safe, permanent housing. Trained case managers work to help youth access housing and other resources including healthcare, benefits, employment, education, and counseling.
PRO Youth peer leaders — all formerly or currently homeless youth who understand first-hand the problems that street youth face — usually make the all-important first contact with street youth. They give the project and agencies perspective on a variety of issues including street survival and the prejudicial experiences homeless youth face every day.
Launched in 1994, PRO Youth is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development McKinney Act, with matching dollars from the City of Seattle General Fund. The 2013-2014 local and federal allocations for PRO Youth services, including case management, outreach, housing placement and retention, and job training, total approximately $968,658 per year.
2014 Funded Agencies and Programs
Service Links for Youth
Service Links for Youth is run by Teen Feed and serves homeless and at-risk youth and young adults ages 13-25. The program grew out of concern over an increase in the number of displaced young people living in the University District in 1998. This program offers case management and referral services to those wishing to leave street life. The program’s case manager works nontraditional hours — weekends and late evenings.
The City of Seattle has supported this project since 2001, providing approximately $81,958 of General Funds for 2014.
Capitol Hill Case Management
Capitol Hill Case Management is a project run by Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets. The case manager works with various agencies to help youth on Capitol Hill, which has higher numbers of homeless young people. The case manager works varied hours and goes where youth congregate, including other service programs in the neighborhood, to talk with youth and connect them with services.
The City of Seattle has supported this project since 2004, providing approximately $35,507 of City General Funds for 2014.
For more information about this program and other Seattle Human Services Department-funded youth programs, call 206-386-1017 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about our partners and related programs, contact the agencies listed above or the 211 Community Information Line by dialing 211 or 1-800-621-4636
Seattle Human Services Department
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