Wednesday, December 17 2014

Governor Inslee & 38 Partners Pledge to Make Youth and Family Homelessness Rare, Brief and One Time

Washington Youth & Families Fund ten-year anniversary celebration culminates in signing of new Memorandum of Understanding.

Governor Jay Inslee signs new MOUGovernor Jay Inslee signs new MOU

On December 10, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee, First Lady Trudi Inslee, and many others gathered to celebrate ten years of groundbreaking collaboration that is improving how homeless families and youth are served in our state. The celebration was capped with Governor Jay Inslee and other state, philanthropic and private sector leaders signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pledging to make youth, young adult and family homelessness in Washington a rare, brief and one-time occurrence by 2020. A complete list of MOU signatories follows below.

Formerly the Washington Families Fund, the newly re-named Washington Youth & Families Fund is expanding its focus to embrace youth and young adults. The Fund is also adding and expanding partnerships in K–12 education, community and technical colleges, and workforce development to better serve homeless families and youth—and extending its reach to even more communities across the state.

Before signing the new MOU, Governor Inslee spoke about the progress we've made as a community and the work ahead. "If we're going to expect our kids to do homework, they've got to have a home to do it in," he said. Watch a video clip of the Governor's remarks below.

  • See more highlights from the December 10th event in this Storify by Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness.
  • Read the December 11th Op-Ed in The Olympian by Fund Co-Chairs, First Lady Trudi Inslee and David Bley of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Signatories:

Jay Inslee, Governor, State of Washington
David Bley, Director, Pacific Northwest Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Alice Shobe, Executive Director, Building Changes
Kelli Linville, Mayor, City of Bellingham
Sonya Campion, Trustee, The Campion Foundation
Ray Stephanson, Mayor, City of Everett
Ashley Lommers-Johnson, Executive Director, Everett Housing Authority
Carol Anderson, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Grant County
Stephen Norman, Executive Director, King County Housing Authority
Dow Constantine, Executive, King County
Jon Fine, President & CEO, United Way of King County
Marléna Sessions, CEO, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
Piper Henry-Keller, Trustee, Medina Foundation
Jane Broom, Community Affairs Manager, Puget Sound, Microsoft Corporation
Gay Dubigk, Executive Director, Northwest Workforce Development Council
Stephen Buxbaum, Mayor, City of Olympia
Kay Kassinger, Executive Director, Peninsula Housing Authority
Pat McCarthy, Executive, Pierce County
Karen Hull, Executive Director, Pierce County Housing Authority
Dona Ponepinto, President & CEO, United Way of Pierce County
Kris Hermanns, Executive Director, Pride Foundation
Tricia Raikes, Co-Founder, Raikes Foundation
Ed Murray, Mayor, City of Seattle
Andrew Lofton, Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority
Father Stephen V. Sundborg, President, Seattle University
John Lovick, Executive, Snohomish County
Bob Davis, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Snohomish County
Dennis Smith, President and CEO, United Way of Snohomish County
Erin Monroe, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Snohomish County
Patrick Baldoz, Executive Director, South Central Workforce Development Council
David Condon, Mayor, City of Spokane
Pam Tietz, Executive Director, Spokane Housing Authority
Marilyn Strickland, Mayor, City of Tacoma
Rose Lincoln Hamilton, President, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Michael Mirra, Executive Director, Tacoma Housing Authority
Paul Knox, Executive Director, United Way of Thurston County
Linda Nguyen, CEO, WorkForce Central
Lowel Krueger, Executive Director, Yakima Housing Authority
Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools