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Columbia Legal Services has launched a groundbreaking tool to help Washington’s homeless youth find safety and stability, and understand their legal rights.

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Join thousands of others for our community's biggest day of giving, and your gift will go further!

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While homelessness has decreased in Washington State, median incomes have declined, fair market rental rates have soared, and more households are living "doubled up."

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Tuesday, March 19 2013

The Music of Ending Homelessness

Impatient Optimists, 3/19/13

Kollin Min, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on how one young man's story and a piano remind him why our work of systems change really matters.

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The News Tribune, 3/8/13

News release about Workforce Central receiving a grant from Building Changes for a two-year job training project.

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The Seattle Times, 2/20/13

An op-ed by guest columnists Tricia and Jeff Raikes focuses on innovating to prevent and end youth homelessness.

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Impatient Optimists, 1/28/13

David Wertheimer, Deputy Director of the Pacific Northwest initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on the Point-In-Time Count of people who are homeless and the work ahead to reduce and end family homelessness in Washington state.

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Tuesday, January 22 2013

Progress in the Pacific Northwest

Impatient Optimists, 1/22/13

David Bley, Director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reports on results from the foundation's investment in local efforts to strengthen and improve family stability, education, and communities.

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Impatient Optimists, 1/16/13

Blog post based on a keynote speech that Tricia Raikes delivered to the Legislative Breakfast of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County on January 9, 2012. Because of the strong connection between youth and family homelessness, the Raikes and Gates Foundations are working in partnership in Washington state to address these issues.

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Tuesday, January 15 2013

2013 State Legislative Priorities

Our two lead priorities: A request for $6 million in continued support of the successful Washington Families Fund and continued support of the Housing Trust Fund.

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