Administered by Building Changes, Washington Youth & Families Fund brings together government and philanthropy for strategic investments that aim to make youth and family homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Washington Youth & Families Fund has invested in 100 organizations in 24 counties to positively impact homeless families and youth in every region of our state. Established in 2004, it has used $20 million in public funds to attract $53.7 million in private support from 25 funders statewide. Every dollar is strategically directed for maximum impact.
Fund dollars are used to identify and spread effective, innovative strategies that reduce homelessness and achieve better educational, social and economic outcomes for families and youth. Investments have led to counties across the state now having tools and strategies in place to effectively help families move out of homelessness and into stable housing.
Washington Youth & Families Fund is driving communities to use evidence-based, cost-effective strategies that match services to the real needs of families. The result: More families are exiting homelessness and remaining permanently housed, saving tens of thousands of dollars.
In 2014, the fund expanded its focus on families to also include youth and young adults. In 2015, the fund awarded its first-ever grants targeted to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. Building Changes structured the grants to address disparities in the homeless system by encouraging applications from organizations that serve youth of color and youth who identify as LGBTQ.