Lawmakers, advocates call for more WA student homelessness funding

Published: April 20, 2023

The Seattle Times | April 19, 2023

Reporting from the Seattle Times highlights the need for increased funding for the Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP) and Washington Youth & Families Fund (WYFF), demonstrating how critical these resources are for supporting students, youth, and families experiencing homelessness in Washington State.

In the article, two of Building Changes’ community partners explain how these state-funded programs have benefited their work. “We’re actually using the funding to help communities that are in what we call ‘resource deserts,’” said Devon Isakson, director of The REACH Center, an HSSP grantee. Reuben Twin from Mother Nation, a WYFF grantee, spoke to the flexibility of the funding, which ‘allows the organization to apply the money in different ways, ranging from helping with a car repair so that someone can keep their job to covering late rent payments to keep someone housed.’

As our managing director of programs Liza Burell says in the article, “This is the opportunity to increase [funding]. The need is more.”

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