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National Alliance to End Homelessness

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.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition

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.

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

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.


A Way Home Washington

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

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.

Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs

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:

  • Stable Housing – Every youth has a safe and healthy place to sleep at night.
  • Family Reconciliation – Families are reunited when safe and appropriate.
  • Permanent Connections  – Youth have opportunities to establish positive, healthy relationships with adults.
  • Education and Employment – Youth have opportunities to advance in their education or training and obtain employment.
  • Social and Emotional Well-Being – Youth have access  to behavioral and physical health care; services nurture each youth’s individual strengths and abilities.

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