What is your housing situation?

Take a minute to think about where you are staying or if you are needing somewhere to go.

Do you know where you’ll be sleeping tonight? Is this place safe for you to stay? Are there any limits around how long you’re able to be there?

These programs will help you to gain access to resources and housing stability.

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Housing resources:

Shelters:

A list of nationwide resources, including shelters and transitional housing programs

www.homelessshelterdirectory.org

Housing Search Assistance:

Listings for affordable apartment communities in Washington state, searchable by cost, location, government program eligibility, etc

www.aptfinder.org

A list of city and town webpages, to assist the search for housing resources offered in specific areas

www.mrsc.org/Home/Research-Tools/Washington-City-and-Town-Profiles.aspx

Information on specific counties and links to their webpages, where housing resources can be explored

www.choosewashingtonstate.com/why-washington/our-region

A guide for finding affordable rental housing

www.usa.gov/finding-home

A guide for accessing housing assistance within Washington state

www.dshs.wa.gov/housing-assistance

Homeownership Assistance:

Homeownership information including education, down payment assistance, and links to lenders

www.wshfc.org/buyers/index.htm

Homeownership information and resources, including links to free credit reports and educational seminars

www.dfi.wa.gov/homeownership/buy-home

Legal Resources:

Legal guidance for youth experiencing homelessness

www.homelessyouth.org/en/us/washington

A reference guide on parking regulations in Seattle for those living in their vehicles

www.itfhomeless.org/ticketing-in-seattle-for-vehicle-residents.html

Legal information, resources, and a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington state

www.washingtonlawhelp.org/issues/housing

A list of subsidized housing resources

www.tenantsunion.org

WLIHA provides other housing resources: www.wliha.org/resources/find-affordable-housing

Homeless Youth Organization provides a guide for youth experiencing homelessness, recommend to check out: www.homelessyouth.org/en/us/washington/

Explore Washington 211 by zip code for more resources:
www.search.wa211.org

Have suggestions for other home ownership and literacy resources that could be included on this list? Let us know! info@buildingchanges.org
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When is the last time you ate?

Are you wondering where your next meal will come from?

Are you worried you may not have access or resources to get food when you’re hungry?

There are places in your community that provide food, meals, and financial help for those who qualify.

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Food resources:

Food Banks and Meal Program:

Assistance in locating food banks and meal programs in Washington state

www.foodlifeline.org/need-food

A guide to food programs across Washington state

www.northwestharvest.org/our-work/hunger-response-network/?

DCYF and DSHS EBT, food Stamps, TANF, SNAP (Food Assistance:)

Links families and individuals in Washington state to food, cash, child care, long-term care, and Medicare saving programs

www.washingtonconnection.org/home

A guide for navigating ways to access food, including county resources, food assistance information, COVID-19 relief information, and other food services and program information

www.agr.wa.gov/services/food-access

Information on cash, food, child support, disability determination, transition to employment, and other services

www.dshs.wa.gov/esa

Food Literacy:

Food related activities guidance, a list of food resources, and meal recipes

www.wasnap-ed.org/live-well

How are you feeling?

Maybe you’re a little more tired than you have been before, your appetite isn’t as strong as it has been in the past, or you’re just feeling unresolved sadness.

How is your focus, sleep, and overall health?

If you’re concerned about how your body has been feeling, it may be a good time to connect with someone who can help. Connecting with your local health care provider could be a place to start.

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Mental & Physical Health Resources:

Washington State Department of Health:

A variety of health education services, health-related programs, and listings for general health resources

www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/TeensandYoungAdults

Free Clinics:

A Seattle provider of free health services for young people (ages 12 to 26) who have experienced unstable housing and/or homelessness within the past year

www.neighborcare.org/services/youth-clinic/

Medical and social needs for young people (ages 12 to 26) experiencing homelessness or housing instability

www.uwyouthclinic.org

Prenatal care, labor and delivery management, postpartum care, and well-child care up to age 2 for teen parents or those in their early 20s

www.wa.kaiserpermanente.org/healthAndWellness/index.jhtml?item=%2Fcommon%2FhealthAndWellness%2Fteen%2FteenConcerns%2FteenParents.html

Dental Services:
Support Groups:
Support groups are a great way to get support in the community. SMART is one of the common support groups that is non-religious.

Peer support group for those who have grown up in an unhealthy environment and been impacted by any of the following: alcohol, drugs, abuse, neglect, or unhealthy behavior as children or adults

www.adultchildren.org

Peer support group for those who are struggling with the effects of a problem drinker in their lives

www.al-anon.org/

Peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s alcohol abuse

www.al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen

A fellowship of individuals supporting each other and seeking recovery in their alcohol addiction

www.aa.org

Meetings and support to help develop healthy relationships during recovery from codependency

www.CoDA.org

A fellowship for individuals to support the recovery of addiction from cocaine or other mind-altering substances

www.ca.org

Group support in recovery from addiction to crystal meth

www.crystalmeth.org

A fellowship of people who support each other in recovery from the problems resulting from excessive game playing

www.cgaa.info

A community to support the recovery from compulsive eating and unhealthy food behaviors

www.oa.org

Group support in the recovery from marijuana addiction

www.marijuana-anonymous.org

A fellowship of individuals supporting recovery from drugs

www.na.org

Group support in the recovery from tobacco and nicotine products

www.nicotine-anonymous.org

A fellowship for individuals to support each other in the recovery of sex addiction

www.sa.org

Group support in addiction recovery with a science-based approach

www.smartrecovery.org

Insurance:

A marketplace to get free or low-cost health and dental insurance

www.wahealthplanfinder.org/_content/Homepage.html

Mental Health Services:

A list of free, low-cost, sliding-scale, and low-income assisted rehab within Washington state

www.freerehabcenters.org/state/washington#google_vignette

Therapist directory for Washington state

www.goodtherapy.org/therapists/wa

A network of Washington state counselors of color

www.multiculturalcounselors.org

Access to affordable psychotherapy and mental health education services for middle and lower income level individuals, couples, families, and children

www.openpathcollective.org

A behavioral health treatment services locator tool to find local treatment facilities

www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov

Whole Health Services:
Nurse hotline (most nurse call lines are provide by insurance company that you must have)
  • Eating disorders resources
  • STI/AIDs or sexual and reproductive health resources
  • Support groups (for substance abuse, parenting, etc)
  • www.crisisconnections.org
  • Pregnancy (Seattle Kaiser Permanente has a teen pregnancy program) 
  • Physical fitness (some insurance providers offer reduced cost services for gym memberships)
  • Healthcare education and literacy
  • Health and financial literacy
Public:

An overview of the public health system, listing all Washington state local health departments and districts, to assist in the access of public health programs, information, and resources

www.doh.wa.gov/ForPublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/PublicHealthSystemResourcesandServices/PublicHealthinWashington

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Do you feel safe where you are?

Has someone in your life made you feel unsafe or harmed you emotionally or physically?

Are you feeling fearful of family members, friends, or others and aren’t sure what to do?

Would talking to someone who could advocate for your safety and connect you to resources be helpful at this time? There are providers who can offer support that you can call 24/7.

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SAFETY RESOURCES

Mental Health Crisis:

Immediate help for individuals, families, and friends of people in emotional crisis

www.crisisconnections.org/24-hour-crisis-line

Counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress, related to natural or human-caused disasters

www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Free and confidential support through call or chat, for individuals experiencing suicidal crisis or emotional distress

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Support for mental health crisis and/or thoughts of suicide, available nationally, statewide, and countywide

www.hca.wa.gov/health-care-services-supports/behavioral-health-recovery/mental-health-crisis-lines

Free and confidential peer-led call and chat centers for teens in need of support

www.teenlink.org

Anonymous and confidential help line for Washington state residents experiencing substance use disorders, gambling problems, and/or a mental health challenges

www.warecoveryhelpline.org

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault:

Essential tools and support for survivors of domestic violence

www.thehotline.org

Connection to trained staff members of sexual assault service providers in your area

www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

Free confidential treatment referrals and information services, in Spanish and English, for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders

www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Advocates, available 24/7 by text, phone, and live chat, to discuss relationship concerns

www.loveisrespect.org

Text: LOVEIS to 22522 or Call: 1.866.331.9474

A 24/7 confidential and anonymous helpline, for American Indians and Alaska Natives experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence

www.strongheartshelpline.org

Human Trafficking:

Connection to specially trained advocates for human trafficking victim support

www.humantraffickinghotline.org

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning:

Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25- available through calls, online instant messaging, and text

www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now

Emotional and financial support for trans people in crisis

www.translifeline.org

US (877) 565-8860

General Safety Resources:

Comprehensive 24/7 runaway support for youth and families, including hotline, live chat, email, forums, resource referrals, transportation services, education, mediation and message services

www.1800runaway.org

Love is Respect – domestic violence and/or sexual assault support for young adults:
www.loveisrespect.org

StrongHearts Native Helpline – domestic violence and/or sexual assault support for Native Americans: www.strongheartshelpline.org

Information, education, and over-the-phone free and confidential expertise, advice, and assistance for exposure to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances

www.wapc.org

Legal Rights:

Legal services for young people in Washington state, protecting the interest and safety of youth by advancing their legal rights

www.lcycwa.org

Provides legal information and education to youth under the age of 21 who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, or facing civil legal barriers

www.students.washington.edu/sylaw/index.html

Youth and Families Crisis:

Comprehensive 24/7 runaway support for youth and families, including hotline, live chat, email, forums, resource referrals, transportation services, education, mediation and message services

www.1800runaway.org