This page describes the various initiatives and industry leaders around youth and young adult homelessness:
The Anchor Community Initiative (ACI) was launched on September 27, 2018 by First Lady Trudie Inslee and A Way Home Washington (AWHWA). It is an innovative program to end youth and young adult homelessness in four Washington communities by 2022. The initial four communities are Pierce, Spokane, Yakima, and Walla Walla Counties, with hopes to eventually expand to a total of 12-15 communities across the state. With local leaders on the ground, AWHWA will bring all parts of each community to the table and develop a unique plan that covers prevention, long-term housing, treatment services, employment, and educational attainment.
This provides a great opportunity for Yakima County to be a Proof Point and National Model by being one of the first communities in WA (and the country) to end youth and young adult homelessness by building a "Yes to Yes" system. The goal is, when a young person or a family says “Yes, I need support,” our systems, communities, and services can meet this request.
Youth Homeless Demonstration Program - funded by HUD with an award currently being administered by Washington State Department of Commerce. Washington State awardees include Snohomish County and the Rural Counties of the Washington Balance of State. While Yakima County is not an awardee - we are aligning our structures on this National Initiative.
Homeless Network of Yakima County
Yakima County Anchor Community Launch Event