How we Address Homelessness
THS has three programs that address various stages of homelessness experienced by King County youth and their families. The goal is to facilitate housing stability and prevent both acute and chronic homelessness.
The Seattle-King County Rapid Re-Housing Program is a time-limited intervention whose goal is to reduce the amount of time a household experiences homelessness by quickly resolving the barriers to stable housing. Services provided by Rapid Re-Housing include housing location, case management and financial assistance.
Through increasing access to permanent housing and providing a level of financial assistance to offset costs associated with obtaining housing, Rapid Re-Housing alleviates the pressure on more supportive homeless services for those who would otherwise be unable to maintain permanent housing.
Homeless Young Adult Housing Navigators works with homeless young adults, including young parents ages 17½ – 25. Services begin with an assessment and ensuring that young people are aware of emergency shelter options. After assessment, counselors work with individuals to resolve any imminent housing crisis, provide mediation and dispute resolution services with landlords, family and friends to secure and stabilize housing, provide advocacy, referral, and service coordination with mainstream services and provide referrals to homeless young adult diversion funding.
Navigators also ensure young adults have the required housing paperwork and other documentation and explore alternative housing placement options such as diversion, family reunification, or housing outside the homeless system. For young adults placed in permanent housing, Navigators provide monthly check-ins for 6 months after move-in.
Best Start for Kids – Homelessness Prevention
Best Starts For Kids Youth & Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative ensures that unaccompanied youth and young adults, ages 12 to 24 and families who are imminently at-risk of homelessness have access to resources needed to avoid entering the homeless system and to remain stably housed over time. In addition to client-centered case management, flexible funds are made available for eligible households to address emergency needs which may cause them to be homeless. These funds can be used for supports which include clothing for a job or an interview, costs of employment-related licensure, housing costs (moving expenses or deposits), costs to repair a primary vehicle, groceries, and other expenses which may be impacting the safety and security of the family.
THS is dedicated to assisting homeless young people and their families in Seattle and King County.
If you have questions about this program, please call 206-322-7676 (King County only).
Youth & Family Homelessness Posts
On Tuesday, December 12, THS was honored to host King County Executive Dow Constantine to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Youth & Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative. One year ago, we began our partnership with Best Starts For Kids to provide solutions to young people and families facing homelessness. We’re proud to announce that together, we prevented more than 3,000 people from becoming homeless in 2017. Click here to see how we did it. Check out the Facebook Live more..