||Mission Statement: To provide and support stable, positive housing for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth in Sequim School District as they transition into adulthood utilizing the Housing First Model.
||Vision: To promote the health of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and reduce young adult homelessness in Clallam County.
" In 2016-2017 the Sequim School District identified 24 students as Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. By the 2017-2018 school year, that number increased to 31 students. However, this data does not include all Youth aged 18-24 experiencing homelessness, and so represents a conservative estimate of the actual number of homeless Youth in our community. This population is particularly difficult to identify, as they are transient, moving more frequently between districts than whole families experiencing homelessness. Studies suggest this number is likely to be at least 3 times higher.
UHY face serious barriers and challenges to academic attainment that impact their socioeconomic status in adulthood. Youth and Young Adult homelessness significantly increases the probability of adult homelessness and jeopardizes the long-term health of the youth.
" Limited resources available to homeless youth in our geographical region
" No alternative secure living arrangements available to unaccompanied homeless youth/minors outside of state placement
" Unaccompanied Homeless Minors between the ages of 15-18 are lower priority and are not referred for foster or kinship care
" Homeless Youth report that both emotional and tangible supports are equally desired and beneficial to their academic, social and emotional health
" 40% of formerly homeless youth dropped out or stopped attending school while they were homeless in middle or high school
" Graduation rate of homeless youth in Washington State is 46.1% compared to all students at 77.2%
" To provide stable, secure housing while working with conflict and a strengths-based perspective
" Academic and Attendance improvement, on-time Graduation
" Increased Sense of Hope in Youth
" Support and Promote Youth Community Engagement
" To focus and provide resources to improve quality of life, well-being and long-term health of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.
ODY (Sequim Host Homes) operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Olympic View Community Foundation. Once the organizational infrastructure is developed, ODY will become an independent organization with its own 501(c)3 status.
|Partnerships & Affiliations
||Olympic Peninsula Nonprofit Alliance, Olympic View Community Foundation, Sequim School District, Boys & Girls Club, Sequim Rotary