THS awarded $150,000 Best Starts For Kids Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative Grant

THS is proud to announce it is one of 27 local non-profit agencies awarded a $150,000 grant through the Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative RFP to provide client-centered case management and flexible funds to youth ages 12-24 and families with youth who are at imminent risk of homelessness. The Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative is the first strategy funded by Best Starts for Kids, a six-year levy that will generate nearly $400 million for initiatives that promote healthier, more resilient children, youth and communities. It includes $19 million to prevent homelessness, starting now with $4 million awarded to 27 community-based nonprofit organizations that successfully competed for levy funds. In the pilot project that the initiative is modeled after, 96 percent of participants still had housing 18 months after they entered the program. Unlike the traditional approach that provides a limited number of options that may or may not be helpful, this initiative starts with case managers asking, “What is it you need to avoid becoming homeless?” One example from the pilot project was a woman who moved to King County from Russia who was an experienced seamstress. By helping her purchase a sewing machine, the program helped her earn a higher income so she could continue to pay for her family’s rent. Preventing homelessness is less expensive than providing emergency shelter. It also prevents children from experiencing the trauma of homelessness, which can negatively impact brain development. For more information about King County’s Best Starts For Kids Initiative please click here.