By helping the youth in our communities, we can stop the cycle of homelessness.

Paul G. Allen pledges $30 million to support homeless families

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Paul G. Allen and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a partnership to address the region’s homelessness crisis through an innovative, permanent supportive housing and onsite services community that will serve as a resource hub for Seattle-area families with children who are experiencing homelessness. Under the partnership, Mr. Allen will provide $30 million in capital toward the development, with the City of Seattle committing $5 million in capital and additional funds to support operation and maintenance of the center.  READ MORE >


19%: Increase in unsheltered populations in King County since 2015

14.5 years old: The average age a teen becomes homeless

5,000: Number of homeless youth who die every year

Other Efforts

  • Paul Allen gifted $1 million to open YouthCare’s Paul G. Allen Hope Center, part of his philanthropic mission and ongoing commitment to providing immediate support to an organization capable of serving youth who are in crisis.
  • Paul was one of the cornerstone donors of the School House Washington initiative, joining the Raikes Foundation as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in funding and advocating for innovative approaches in our schools that support the estimated 35k students and families experiencing homelessness across our state.
  • This summer, Paul announced partnerships with Compass Housing Alliance and Low Income Housing Institute, aimed at providing immediate housing solutions and essential services while investing in new and innovative housing models that may otherwise be unable to find funding.
  • In collaboration with the Raikes Foundation, Paul provided financial support to Legal Counsel for Youth and Children, which provides legal services to homeless and at-risk youth to ensure access to education, employment, and housing.

What else can be done?

There is no single solution that will solve the homelessness crisis, but by working together with local nonprofit organizations, community partners, and local and regional government, we are one step closer to creating long-term solutions.

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