Accelerator Y Amazon Employee Match

Published: August 5, 2019, at 11:59 a.m. PT

Last updated: August 16, 2019, at 12:41 p.m. PT

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What is our superpower? Housing more young adults experiencing homelessness in King County than anyone else.

Amazon has selected Accelerator YMCA to be one of 20 non-profits nationwide to receive matching funds from Amazon employees. With your help, we can support even more young people on their path to independence. Amazon will match the donation one-for-one, up to $5 million, through September 30, 2019.

As an Amazon employee, here are the instructions to have your gift matched:

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: The Y provides housing services? I had no idea!

A: Yes! The Y is the largest provider of housing for homeless young adults in King County and has been providing housing services for over 15 years. On any given night, 300 teens and young adults are housed by the Y through a variety of programs ranging from eviction prevention to transitional housing, to long-term support.

Q: How many youth and young adults are experiencing homelessness in our region?

A: According to the annual Count Us In report, 1,089 youth and young adults are experiencing homelessness in King County. This number has decreased over the last three years.

Q: What causes youth and young adults to become homeless?

A: There are many reasons why youth and young adults experience homelessness. According to Count Us In 2018 data, 34% of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in King County identify as LGBTQ, and 33% of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in King County reported being in foster care at some point. Lack of stable and supportive housing for these populations increases their representation in the homeless population.

  • Family problems are the number one reason youth decide to leave home. This includes physical and sexual abuse, mental health disorders, financial struggles, substance use, and parental neglect.
  • Youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system are at a higher risk of becoming homeless.
  • Not all homeless people are completely without shelter and sleeping on the street. Homeless youth may be couch surfing with friends and/or family, staying in temporary housing (like an overnight shelter) or sleeping in a car.

Q: Why is housing homeless youth a priority for the Y?

A: We believe in helping all young people reach their full potential in spirit, mind, and body. We can end the cycle of negative outcomes for youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness by providing holistic support services and eliminating barriers to access.

  • There are 40,000 homeless youth in Washington State public schools.
  • There is a 31% gap in high school graduation rates between homeless students and all students.
  • 48% of minors in juvenile detention in King County said they had been homeless or experienced housing instability before entering detention.
  • Housing prices are rising faster than ever before in our area. Nation-wide, for every $100 rent is raised, there is a corresponding 15% increase in the homeless population.

Q: How successful is the Y at housing youth and young adults?

A: In 2018, 80% of housing program participants exited to safe and stable housing. 84% of participants in our transitional housing program in the program for 6 or more months exited to safe, stable housing in 2018. 98% of participants enrolled in our Homelessness Prevention program were prevented from eviction in 2018.