Youth Homelessness

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The Anchor Community Initiative is a project to end youth and young adult homelessness in four communities across Washington State by the end of 2022. Spokane County United Way partners with A Way Home Washington to help participating communities improve their data collection methods, advocate for legislative change, develop partnerships with systems and service providers, and implement projects that improve access to services and lead to equitable outcomes for all young people. Our approach is modeled after Build for Zero, a framework that has ended chronic and veteran homelessness in communities across the county.

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 times. Anchor Communities will measure these young people's outcomes and implement projects to reduce and eliminate these disparities.

For inquiries about the Anchor Community Initiative, please contact Cecily Ferguson, Anchor Community Initiative Coordinator.

Read more about student homelessness in Spokane.

*Help young people receive their Covid-19 stimulus payment*

For many young people experiencing housing instability, the federal government's stimulus payment could mean the difference between staying housed and experiencing homelessness. A Way Home Washington created a social media toolkit in English and in Spanish to help us spread the word that this payment is available and to help young people understand how to receive it, including resources young people can access right here in Spokane. Please reach out to A Way Home Washington's Communications Director Sully Moreno for more information: