COVID-19 Response

Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund

All previously available funds through the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund have been awarded. During this continuing crisis, the needs of students and youth experiencing homelessness remain urgent, and we are working with public and private partners to replenish the Fund. However, we are unable to continue making grants until additional substantial funding has been secured. If/when more funding becomes available, we will announce it here.

Funds Raised To Date: $4,138,038 Funds Awarded To Date: $4,138,038

Between April 24, 2020 and March 30, 2021, the Fund raised $4.1 million in private donations and awarded $4.1 million in grants to 199 organizations, schools, school districts, and tribes serving 25 counties across the state. To learn more about the awards we have made, including a full list of grantees, please visit our Awards page.

In partnership with the Raikes Foundation, Building Changes created the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund to augment existing public dollars supporting students, youth, and young adults experiencing homelessness. Working with the state’s Office of Homeless Youth, youth and young adults with lived experience of homelessness, and our own network of school staff and housing providers, we considered the needs of students and young people during the pandemic. In response to these needs, we made the funds as flexible as possible, so they could be used in any way organizations, school districts, and local tribes saw fit in supporting students and youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. Prioritization of funding has been guided by two key principles: equity and geographic diversity. Visit our FAQ page for more details.

We, as a community, must continue working together to ensure that students and young people across Washington State have access to much needed support during this ongoing crisis. We believe that schools and youth-focused community organizations are uniquely suited to reach these young people, making them a critical resource to our state’s response.