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HOMELESS YOUTH: Murray Backs YouthCare Grant Application To Keep Doors Open

Jan 09 2014

Capitol Hill shelter for at-risk youth could soon be forced to turn people away after losing federal grant in 2013

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, in a letter to Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Housing Subcommittee, urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strongly consider a new federal grant application from YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Officials at the Orion Center learned in October of 2013 that the facility’s existing federal grant – totaling nearly $1 million – would not be renewed for 2014, meaning the center, one of only two in King County tailored for youth and young adults, would be forced to turn away those without a place to sleep and cut outreach services beginning next month.

“For nearly 40 years, YouthCare has been a local leader in providing services for runaway and homeless youth in the community. YouthCare has successfully provided a continuum of immediate and long-term services to homeless youth.” Senator Patty Murray wrote. “YouthCare has received RHY support from the Administration for Children and Families since 1974. With this federal partnership, YouthCare will be able to continue its extraordinary services to young people in Seattle.”

The full text of the letter can be read here:

January 9, 2014

George Sheldon
Acting Assistant Secretary
US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201

Dear Mr. Sheldon,

I am writing in support of YouthCare’s application for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Transitional Living Program grant. These funds will allow YouthCare to provide critical transitional housing and supportive services to homeless youth and young adults in Seattle and King County.

For nearly 40 years, YouthCare has been a local leader in providing services for runaway and homeless youth in the community. YouthCare has successfully provided a continuum of immediate and long-term services to homeless youth. Their services include street outreach, a multi-service drop-in center, housing, and education and employment services for youth and young adults ages 13-24, and apartments for graduating youth. A vital component of their service delivery is the integration of housing and supportive services with education and job training for the community’s most vulnerable youth.

YouthCare has received RHY support from the Administration for Children and Families since 1974. With this federal partnership, YouthCare will be able to continue its extraordinary services to young people in Seattle.

I commend YouthCare for their strong tradition of providing quality services to homeless and disconnected youth. Thank you for your consideration of their application. 

Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator