Jackson Street is YouthCare’s engagement center located in Columbia City on the corner of Rainier Ave S. and S Hudson Street. Jackson Street first opened in 2015 after former Mayor Ed Murray declared a State of Emergency on homelessness. From the start, Jackson Street provided culturally-responsive services for youth of color engaged in education or employment in South Seattle.
In the fall of 2018, Jackson Street moved to Columbia City and is now co-located with Southeast Youth and Family Services. Offering both day and night services, Jackson Street has retained its original name following feedback from young people that the name symbolized a home rather than a street. It is dedicated to creating an inclusive community for all young people wanting to take steps in their lives toward permanency and stability.
Jackson Street’s engagement services include:
- Warm meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Hygiene supplies including lockers, showers, laundry, and clothing
- Afternoon drop-in services
- Day shelter beds
- Case managers who work with young people to reduce barriers and set goals for long-term housing
- Onsite mental health counseling through Southeast Youth & Family services and chemical dependency counseling offered through Ryther Center for Children & Youth
- Overnight shelter