The Washington State Office of Homeless Youth (OHY) at the Department of Commerce recently announced that $1.4 million in grants will be awarded to 10 organizations throughout the state for housing and services.

“These grants will help strengthen communities’ capacity to serve growing numbers of vulnerable youth who are struggling to make their way in life,” Commerce Director Lisa Brown said in a release. “We had a statewide housing crisis before COVID-19, and the economic disruption of the pandemic has only increased the needs of many young people who already may have the deck stacked against them.”

This funding will increase support and direct services available through two target statewide initiatives:

Transitional Housing Program

This program provides funding for long-term housing, assessments, referrals, screening, ongoing family engagement, and permanency planning services for non-state dependent youth ages 16-17 experiencing homelessness.

  • YouthCare – King County, $469,933
  • Friends of Youth – King County, $268,533
  • Northwest Youth Services – Whatcom County, $134,267
  • Catholic Charities – Walla Walla County, $67,133
  • Excelsior – Spokane County, $67,133

Ancillary Therapeutic Services

These funds increase capacity statewide to provide behavioral health interventions to youth ages 12-17 who reside in a licensed youth shelter, a HOPE center, or a crisis residential center.

  • Community Youth Services – Pierce and Thurston Counties, $104,853
  • Volunteers of America – Spokane County, $101,020
  • YouthCare – King County, $90,850
  • Coffee Oasis – Kitsap County, $52,000
  • Clallam County Juvenile Services – Clallam County $31,277

To learn more about OHY, click here.