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The Stranger: Washington Must Continue to Make Strides to End Youth Homelessness

March 24, 2021

Just over two years ago, A Way Home Washington launched the Anchor Community Initiative (ACI), a first-of-its-kind campaign to end youth and young adult homelessness by the end of 2022 in four diverse counties across the state. Partnering with the state Office of Homeless Youth and bipartisan government and nonprofit leaders on the ground, communities are given support, coaching, and advocacy support to develop their own personalized strategy grounded in data and equity.

This model was developed with the nationally recognized nonprofit Community Solutions. The ACI has customized Community Solutions’ model to serve young people by adding equity data measures to ensure we are serving those most impacted by homelessness: young people of color and LGBTQ+ young people.