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United Way of Spokane County, in collaboration with A Way Home Washington and the City of Spokane, responded by launching the Anchor Community Initiative (ACI) to combat youth homelessness among those aged 12-24.

ACI's efforts began in 2019 with a comprehensive By-Name list and a partnership with the Youth Advisory Board (YAB), advocating for young people with experience in homelessness. Spokane achieved a remarkable milestone, becoming the first in Washington State and third in the nation to record a sustained reduction in youth and young adult homelessness.


ACI is committed to reshaping the narrative of youth homelessness and striving for equity in the community's future.


Our Vision

Yes to Yes

Our goal is to increase communities' capacity so when a young person says "Yes, I need help" a community can say "Yes, we can help."

Ending Inequity

Young people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ+ experience homelessness at higher rates than their white, straight, cisgender peers. They also return to homelessness at higher rates and experience homelessness for longer periods of time. Anchor Communities will measure these young people's outcomes and implement projects to reduce and eliminate these disparities.



Young Adult Shelter

Through innovative, life changing services, YAS provides opportunities for people to rebuild their lives and fulfill their potential. 

The Young Adult Shelter is open 7 days a week from 7:30pm – 6:30am for young adults aged 18 – 24 years old. The shelter staff provide safe and secure overnight services as well as case management and housing resource specialists.

Located at 3104 E. Augusta Avenue
(all genders and identities are welcome as well as couples.)

  • Open:  7:30 pm – 6:30am
  • Young adults aged 18 – 24 years old
  • Case management
  • Housing resource specialists

For more information or questions please contact:

Phone: (509) 990-0519 

Email Young Adult Shelter


Young Adult Shelter
at  Women's Hearth:
920 W. 2nd Ave.