We are excited to announce that the Seattle City Council Budget Committee voted Tuesday to approve $130,000 in funding for YouthCare’s Young Adult Shelter. The City Council will officially approve their budget November 25th. Combined with the King County Council’s investment of $120,000, this funding will allow YouthCare to reopen the Young Adult Shelter five nights per week in 2014. The shelter was slated to close February 1, 2014 due to expiring private funds.

We are so grateful to the City Council, and to the leadership of Council President Sally Clark, for providing this funding to match the generous investment of the King County Council. We are also overwhelmed with the response of this community, which has generously responded to the news of the budget cuts facing YouthCare.

While we are thrilled to reopen the Young Adult Shelter five nights a week in 2014, we are still working to fill a funding gap of nearly $330,000 in the 2014 budget to allow us to operate our Young Adult Shelter seven nights a week, as well as fill in federal cuts to our outreach and drop-in programs and two employment training programs. To make a donation in support of YouthCare’s work, please click here.