Policy & Advocacy

We support policies that will help children, youth, and families leave homelessness behind.

Building Changes tests new approaches and advocates for more effective use of public funds to address youth and family homelessness in Washington state.  

Our 2019 Washington State Policy Priorities:

  • Preserve existing funding for Washington Youth & Families Fund ($4M)

The Washington Youth & Families Fund (WYFF) was created by the Legislature in 2004 and amended in 2015 to include youth. Administered by Building Changes, WYFF connects state and private dollars to support and serve youth and families experiencing homelessness across the state. To date, WYFF funds have been granted in 25 different counties.

  • Support HB 1263 and SB 5324
  • Secure additional $2M for and propose technical improvements to the Homeless Student Stability Program

The Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP) was established by the Washington State Legislature in 2016. The purpose of HSSP is to ensure students experiencing homelessness can continue attending the same schools, maintain housing stability, and improve academic achievement. HSSP includes two grant programs administered by the Department of Commerce and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Some of BC’s proposed improvements to HSSP include: add building points of contact to all elementary schools; promote the identification of unaccompanied homeless youth in all middle and high schools; streamline grant delivery; increase focus on geographic diversity; and increase focus on racial equity.

Building Changes also supports our partners’ work on the following issues: housing, youth, social & economic, and education.

Download our full legislative agenda, including our support agenda.