The best way to end youth homelessness is to prevent it from ever happening. YouthCare’s prevention services engage and support young people who are at risk of homelessness, with a specialized focus on populations that are disproportionately at risk: youth of color, youth who identify as LGBTQ+, youth who have been sexually exploited, and youth who have experienced the juvenile detention or child welfare system. Staff also work with the caring adults in young people’s lives to ensure each youth finds safe housing or returns home quickly.

Programs & Specialized Services

Safe Place

Safe Place is a 24/7 program that quickly connects runaway and homeless youth to services, either by reuniting them with their family or providing them with emergency shelter.

Bridge Collaborative

YouthCare coordinates the Bridge Collaborative, a multi-agency partnership across King County focused on providing case management, support, and resources to youth and young adults experiencing sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The Bridge Collaborative was established through a historic partnership led by YouthCare and the City of Seattle in collaboration with municipal and county authorities, health professionals, service providers, foundations, and private donors.

School-based services

YouthCare’s Care Coordinators are based at Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy, a network of community-based alternative high schools located throughout the city. Care Coordinators support students and families who are unstably housed to address barriers that impact school performance and attendance.

Detention-based services

YouthCare’s Detention Case Manager and Training & Outreach Coordinator provide onsite training for Juvenile Rehabilitation and the King County Youth Services Center (YSC)  staff to identify and support homeless youth. YouthCare staff also provide case management to young people inside detention and upon their release so that no young person exits detention into homelessness.

Family services

  • YouthCare’s Youth and Family Connection Network (YFCN), run in partnership with Friends of Youth and Nexus Youth & Families, assists young people and their families who are experiencing homelessness or a crisis that could lead to homelessness. YFCN case managers help young people engage with the supports in their lives to find stability.
  • YouthCare’s Housing Stabilization Case Managers provide financial resources and community-based case management to youth and families at imminent risk of homelessness in King County so they can avoid homelessness and remain stably housed over time.

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