Homeless Network of Yakima County
Corporation for Supportive Housing
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) was developed with funding from three of the nation’s leading philanthropies—the Pew Charitable Trusts, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Over twenty-five years later, CSH is still inspired to bring supportive housing to those who need it most. They offer a comprehensive portfolio of services that boost the value and impact of work in over 300 cities and 48 states throughout the U.S. making home a reality for over 200,000 individuals and families who have regained hope and dignity.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in the United States. They use research and data to find solutions to homelessness; they work with federal and local partners to create a solid base of policy and resources that support those solutions; and then they help communities implement them. In 2000, the Alliance challenged communities and the nation to develop plans to end homelessness. The federal government and Congress adopted this approach and substantially increased resources to implement it.
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council is a network of more than 10,000 doctors, nurses, social workers, patients, and advocates who share the mission to eliminate homelessness. Since 1986 they have been the leading organization to call for comprehensive health care and secure housing for all. They produce leading research in the field and provide the highest level of training and resources related to care for persons experiencing homelessness. They collaborate with government agencies and private institutions in order to solve complex problems associated with homelessness.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. Founded in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone. Their goals are to preserve existing federally assisted homes and housing resources, expand the supply of low income housing, and establish housing stability as the primary purpose of federal low income housing policy.
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) was originally authorized by Congress through Title II of the landmark Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (PL 100-77) to serve as an “independent establishment” within the executive branch. They are charged with coordinating the federal response to homelessness and creating a national partnership at every level of government and with the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation while maximizing the effectiveness of the federal government in contributing to the end of homelessness.
Voices of Youth Count
Voices of Youth Count (VoYC) is a national initiative designed to fill gaps in the nation’s knowledge about the scope and scale of youth homelessness, as well as the life circumstances and experiences of runaway, unaccompanied homeless and unstably housed youth between the ages of 13 and 25 years old. The long term goal of VoYC is to contribute to preventing and ending youth homelessness in America by building new knowledge, linking it with existing evidence and data, and connecting with those who shape policy, design programs and deliver services – all with meaningful youth guidance and engagement. VoYC is committed to widely and effectively disseminating its methods, findings and recommendations to support ongoing efforts from and on behalf of the field working to prevent and end youth homelessness.
A Way Home Washington is a growing movement dedicated to ensuring these young people receive the support, care, and resources they need to overcome these barriers. We have one goal: preventing and ending youth homelessness in Washington state. A Way Home Washington is inspired by A Way Home Canada and A Way Home America. Each of these national movements are creating innovative partnerships to prevent and end youth homelessness across North America.
Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) administers several state and federal fund sources that support homeless programs statewide including programs in the Office of Homeless Youth. They also manage the state’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to collect data and measure system performance. The State Homeless Housing and Assistance Act directs this work as do the State Homeless Housing Strategic Plan and the Office of Homeless Youth Plan.
Washington State Department of Commerce - Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs was created in 2015, and leads the statewide efforts to reduce and prevent homelessness for youth and young adults through five priority service areas to ensure our youth and young adults have: