Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness in the United States. In Washington there are approximately 13,000 homeless youth and young adults. 1, 2 During the 2018-2019 U.S. school year nearly 40,000 public school students experienced homelessness. Thirty-three percent of Washington youth who have spent time in foster care experience homelessness by the time they turn 21.1, 2 Peninsula School District alone, which serves Gig Harbor, has identified 149 homeless middle and high school students.
1. Prevalence and Correlates of Youth Homelessness in the United States, Journal of Adolescent Health, 11/15/2017
2. USS Interagency Council on Homelessness
Harbor Hope Center of Washington provides a solution to break the cycle of homelessness. Our Provide-a-Home Program includes two categories of homes:
- Two Care Homes staffed 24/7 by resident advisors, one for young men, one for young women.
- Multiple Host Homes where volunteer parents provide food shelter and parenting.
Our Provide-a-Home Program provides a home, food, life skills, mentoring, drug counseling, career counseling, job assistance and transportation to help young people break the cycle of homelessness. We have provided 5,780 bed nights* and 17,430 meals* to homeless youth and, most importantly, education and training to help them become independent and self-sustaining.
Our Mentor Program provides adult mentors to homeless youth and youth at-risk to homelessness to help them complete their education, find a job and place to live.
Our Food Program also made over 3,000 deliveries of groceries to food insecure families throughout Pierce and Kitsap Counties.
Our Back-to-School Program has helped over 650 youth in need complete their education by providing new pairs of shoes, backpacks, and school supplies.
We need volunteers and financial support to continue this important work. www.harborhopecenter.org.