Home of Hope
At YouthCare’s Home of Hope, 20 young adults at a time have a chance to experience independence while still being able to access services. They furnish and decorate their own apartments, shop and cook for themselves, pay the bills, and negotiate shared space and responsibilities with roommates.
Residents are required to work and/or study and pay 30% of their income in rent, which they will receive back at the end of their stay. Case managers, an education and employment specialist, and others are available to support them, as they prepare for life after YouthCare.
Home of Hope receives funding from the City of Seattle, among other generous funders.
Most young adults starting out in life have some backup: a number to call for advice and support, maybe a check from home. Most recently homeless youth don't.
During those crucial first months, some of the young people stepping on from YouthCare need a little material help. The Open Doors program combines subsidized rent vouchers with ongoing case management during this crucial first stage. Allowing them some time to save money greatly increases their chance at success. So does knowing that there's someone to call, when they need it.
In the University District of Seattle, a new building called the Marion West houses University Commons, the University District Food Bank, workforce housing, and a coffee shop called Street Bean. Within University Commons, YouthCare manages 20 apartments for formerly homeless young adults. While they live independently, they receive support from YouthCare to make sure they are stable and connected to other services they may need. There are YouthCare staff offices on site to make sure the residents have what they need to be successful.