Homelessness continues to be a crisis in Seattle, with an estimated 3,000 people living unsheltered every night, and we are committed to doing something about it.
In April 2017, Paul Allen committed $30 million toward a permanent housing facility for as many as 100 low-income and homeless families in Seattle. In the summer of 2016, Allen gave $1 million to the Compass Housing Alliance to quickly build modular homes for the homeless. He gave another $1 million to YouthCare and $75,000 to the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI). The grants aimed to provide both immediate support and putting in place some measures designed to prevent vulnerable people from becoming homeless.
Our efforts focus on building partnerships with private and public organizations to identify and deploy systemic innovations that support efforts to address homelessness.
YouthCare provides youth experiencing homelessness with a continuum of care that helps them transition from the streets to self-sufficiency. YouthCare provides the only emergency shelter facility for minors in Seattle, Our support will allow YouthCare to move their Adolescent Emergency Shelter into a newly remodeled 6,302 sq. ft. building on 0.6 acres of land in North Seattle.
LIHI develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington State. LIHI manages over 1,800 units of affordable low-income housing, which often takes people out of cold, wet and unsafe tents.