A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Washington state has been awarded not one, but two federal Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grants. These grants reaffirm that Washington state is on the right path toward ending youth homelessness and that our state can lead the way for others.
The new grants, totaling more than $7 million annually, will go to Snohomish County and other rural Washington communities to boost efforts to end youth homelessness. This makes Washington state the only state to have three YHDPs (King County is the other recipient), totaling more than $12 million in annual support from HUD to address youth homelessness.
In announcing the grants, HUD cited the language in the application that “Washington State has one of the strongest commitments to addressing youth homelessness in the nation.”Read More
We are facing an unprecedented homelessness crisis. Thousands of our neighbors have been pushed beyond the brink and are living in their cars, shelters, tents and park benches all over Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The conversations about solutions have kicked up a disconcerting debate in our city – one that doesn’t match the Seattle I grew up in and the compassion I know exists in the hearts of the people who call our city home.Read More
We’re excited to announce the newest member of the Raikes Foundation team, Gisele C. Shorter. Gisele joins us from Turnaround for Children, and her portfolio will include leading the Building Equitable Learning Environment (BELE) Network and our national K-12 school and system redesign work. Gisele brings a wealth of experience to our team and a deep commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young people, particularly those furthest from opportunity.
She will be replacing Lindsay Hill on our education team, who is transitioning into the role of Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the foundation. We’re thrilled to have Gisele bringing her passion and skills to our team and excited that Lindsay will be returning into this new role in January 2019, after her maternity leave.
What is happening on our nation’s southern border right now is one of the darkest moments in our country’s history.
By forcibly separating migrant children from their families who are seeking safety and asylum in this country, the Trump administration has created a humanitarian crisis that grows with each passing day. Research shows that inflicting extreme stress on children can cause irreparable damage to their developing minds. The psychological trauma of being separated from their parents and forced into cages will follow them for the rest of their lives.
We call on the Trump administration to end this abominable practice before any more harm can come to these children and their families. To help the victims of this inhumane policy, we will be donating to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) to support the reunification of children and their families. We encourage others to join us.