Youth & Young Adults Committee 12/9 recap: Survival Sex Workshop

PSKS LogoLast Tuesday about 50 community members gathered at the Coalition’s Youth & Young Adults Committee (YYAC) monthly meeting to share in a powerful workshop about Survival Sex facilitated Queer Youth Community Organizing Interns TJ Petrik and Jackie Sandberg from PSKS.  (These two participated in the YYAC’s Youth Advocacy Summit this year, and it was great to reconnect!) As a topic that is very prevalent in the lives of many in our community, but not discussed as much as it should be, it was good to share this conversation with service providers, case workers, advocates, and more so everybody could get tips for how to share important information with those they work with.

Some highlighted tips for service providers:
Find full list of tips from TJ and Jackie here

  • Survival Sex can loosely be defined as “needs-based sexual activity” and is often traded for assurance of safety, a place to stay, money, protection, and drugs among other reasons.
  • Needs based sexual activities are very complex and personal, and are especially prevalent among homeless youth and LGBTQ youth.
  • Service providers can and should provide information and resources about sex work while being sensitive to those they are serving.
  • Many people may not be open about sharing so it is important to make sure everyone knows that resources are available by using space in your facility to educate people via fliers, events, and non-derogatory language. It was suggested by many in the room that one approach for intake workers and service providers to share information would be by asking: “Would you or anyone you know like information about resources for those involved in survival sex.”  Asking questions such as this allow space for individuals to access resources without having to disclose personal information.
  • When working with a young person who’s engaged in needs-based sex work, it’s important to discuss risk reduction. For example: If the young person works alone, then discuss what having a buddy system could look like, and what the ups and downs of that would be.

List of Important Resources and Organizations from TJ and Jackie:

These are important conversations to have and we are glad that so many organizations were represented at the meeting to take this information back to their spaces and spread the conversation widely.  If you have any questions or would like to look into the possibility of having a Survival Sex workshop at your organization or continue to be part of the growing educational movement, please email

Thanks to everyone who came out and especially thanks to Jackie and TJ for leading such a dynamic and important discussion!

We hope to see you at the January Youth & Young Adults Committee Meeting: Tuesday January 13, 2015, 10:00-11:30 a.m. @ All Pilgrims Christian Church: 509 10th Ave E, Seattle, 98102 (note temporary location change for Jan). 

Winter Shelter & Severe Weather Shelter in King County

It’s cold outside, Winter is here.  Updated Shelter locations around King County can be found below. Please note that Winter Shelters are opened nightly and Severe Weather Shelters (listed below) are usually open when the weather is below freezing.  This post will be frequently updated with the most recent information. If you know of new or updated information please contact hillary[at]homelessinfo[dot]org.



King County Men’s Winter Shelter

Open every night October 1, 2014 – April 15, 2015

  • Location: King County Administration Building – 500 4th Avenue Downtown Seattle (Between Jefferson and James)
  • Operator: The Salvation Army
  • Capacity: 50 men
  • Hours: 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • Access: Line up for the shelter in front of the loading dock garage door at the corner of 4th and Jefferson.

King County Women’s Winter Shelter at Angeline’s

Open every night October 1, 2014 – April 15, 2015

  • Location: YWCA Angeline’s 2030 -3rd Avenue, Seattle, 98121 (Belltown neighborhood – 3rd Avenue between Lenora and Virginia)
  • Operator: YWCA
  • Capacity: 40 Women
  • Hours: 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM – Women have the option to stay at Angeline’s in the morning for breakfast and throughout the day.
  • Access: Women may stop by and register with the Women’s Referral Center daily between 6:00 to 9:00 PM. After 9 PM drop-in or call (206) 436-8650 for space availability.

For more information on the shelters, please contact Janice Hougen with King County Community Services Division at (206) 263-9089or

Lake City Winter Shelter – CLOSED UNTIL DECEMBER 2

FLYER with all locations. Open every night December 2, 2014 – March 23, 2015 – ROTATING LOCATIONS 

  • December 2 – December 20 LocationPrince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Ave. NE, Shoreline, 98155     
    • Hours: 7:30 PM – 6:30 AM
    • Access: Use the outside stairs on 20th Avenue direct to the shelter entrance. Bus directions: Depart NE 125th St & Lake City Way NE (Westbound) on 65 JACKSON PARK. Arrive at NE 145th St & 19th Ave NE. Walk approx. 1 block E on NE 145th St. Turn left on 20th Ave NE.
  • December 21 – January 3 LocationGeorge Center for Community, 2212 NE 125th St, Seattle, 98125
    • Hours: 7:30 PM – 6:30 AM
    • Access: Enter shelter at main entrance of church.  Bus directions: Depart NE 125th St & Lake City Way NE (WB) on 41 DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. Arrive at NE 125th St & 20th Ave NE. Walk approx. 1 block E on NE 125th St.



Sophia Way – Eastside Women & Families Shelter – Rotating Location

FLYER: Open every night November 15, 2014 – March 31, 2015

  • Location:                                                                                                                       (November 15 – January 31) St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 17222 NE 8th St, Bellevue, 98008                                                                                          (January 31 – March 31): Redmond United Methodist Church, 16540 NE 80th St, Redmond, 98052 
  • Operator: Catholic Community Services & Sophia Way
  • Hours: 8:30 PM – 7:30 AM Daily
  • Access: Dinner, Breakfast, Sleeping Mats provided. Walk-in for intake (8:30 PM daily). Single women and families are admitted until shelter closes at 7:30 AM.  Advised to call (425) 417-4815 ahead for information about availability.

Eastside Men’s Shelter

FLYER: Open every night November 15, 2014 – March 31, 2015

  • Location: Old International Paper Company – 1899 120th Ave NE, Bellevue, 98008
  • Operator: Congregations for the Homeless
  • Capacity: 50 Men
  • Hours: 8:30 PM – 7:30 AM Daily
  • Access: Dinner, Breakfast, Sleeping Mats provided. Walk-in for intake (8:30 PM daily). Men are admitted until shelter closes at 7:30 AM.
  • Phone: (425) 614-8544

Snoqualmie Valley Shelter – North Bend – CLOSED UNTIL DECEMBER 3

Message from the Valley Renewal Center: We are excited to announce that Mount Si Lutheran Church has graciously offered to host the first portion of our shelter season.  Our scheduled start date is Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  



Catholic Community Services Winter Shelter 

Men’s and Women’s Shelters open November 3, 2014 – March 31, 2015



Please share information about severe weather shelters with your clients and the community.  Check back for frequent updates about openings. Information can also be found here. 

SEATTLE: Severe Weather Shelter

The emergency shelter serves men and women over the age of 18 and is operated by Salvation Army Staff. The Rainier Room at the Seattle Center is located at 305 Harrison Street just to the north of Key Arena.  This shelter is open access.  Referral forms are NOT required.


Veteran’s Memorial Park 

Les Gove Overnight Shelter 

  • Location: Les Gove Multipurpose Building: 1024 Deals Way, Auburn, 98002 (between Auburn Senior Activity Center and Auburn Library)
  • Date & Time: Closed
  • Phone: (253) 876 – 1925

KENT: Kent Lutheran Church

FEDERAL WAY: New Hope Christian Fellowship

RENTON: Cold Weather Shelter

  • Location: Renton Harambee Center: 316 South 3rd St, Renton, 98057
  • Date & Time: Closed
  • Phone: 425-430-6600                                                                                                       

Queer Youth Healthcare Fair Sunday Nov. 16th

Our friends at Seattle Counseling Services and HEYO are hosing a Queer Youth Healthcare Fair this SUNDAY the 16th at the Seattle Downtown Central Library from 2-5pm. Please spread this information to your networks, clients, guests, and the community by printing & posting or emailing the flyer and this message from SCS! 

There will be FREE HIV testing, FREE food, #MYHIVMOMENT photo booth, and in-person healthcare navigators available to answer questions and help individuals enroll in qualified healthcare plans. Everyone is welcome to this event!

QYHC Fair Poster (Final)



Severe Weather Shelters around King County UPDATED

Please share information about severe weather shelters with your clients and the community.  Check back for frequent updates about openings. Information can also be found here. 

SEATTLE Severe Weather Shelter

Location: Seattle Center Rainier Room: 305 Harrison Street (next to Key Arena)Map

Date & Time: Wednesday 11/12 & Thursday 11/13: 8:30pm to 7:00am

 Severe Weather Shelter Seattle Flyer Nov 12 & 13, 2014.

In response to forecasted low temperatures, the City of Seattle is opening Severe Weather Shelter at the Seattle Center Rainier Room on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, November 11th, 12th, & 13th.   The emergency shelter serves men and women over the age of 18 and is operated by Salvation Army Staff.  The hours of operation are 8:30pm to 7:00am.  The Rainier Room at the Seattle Center is located at 305 Harrison Street just to the north of Key Arena.  This shelter is open access.  Referral forms are NOT required.

AUBURN: Overnight Shelter confirmed open Wed 11/12 & Thurs 11/13

Until power is restored, the following Warming Centers and Shelters will be in place:

  • Overnight Severe Weather Shelter: Les Gove Multipurpose Building: 1024 Deals Way Map (between Auburn Senior Activity Center and Auburn Library)- 8 PM – 7 AM; Phone: (253) 876 – 1925
  • Warming Center: Auburn Senior Center: 808 9th Street SE - 8 AM to 9 PM
  • Warming Center: Auburn City Hall: 25 W Main Street – 8 AM to 6 PM

FEDERAL WAY: New Hope Christian Fellowship

Location: 31411 6th Ave S, Federal Way, WA, 98003 Map
Phone: (253) 269 – 6585                                                                                                  

Date & Time: 4pm-8am, open until further notice

RENTON Cold Weather Shelter

Location: Renton Harambee Center: 316 South 3rd St, Renton, 98057 Map              Phone: 425-430-6600                                                                                                       

Date & Time: Wednesday 11/12: 8:30pm – 8am

Print and share this flyer: Renton Cold Weather Shelter 11.12.2014

The City Renton is partnering with Catholic Community Services to open the Severe Weather Shelter (SWS) at Renton Harambee Center, due to dangerously low temperatures.This Severe Weather Shelter will be open TONIGHT, Wednesday November 12th. 8:30PM - check in and registration, 8AM - shelter closes, all must vacate.  All are welcome. The SWS is available for single women and men, couples, and homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles; separate sleeping spaces have been prepared for men, women, and for families with children. The SWS will be operated by Catholic Community Services staff and volunteers from the greater Renton community. All must register at the door. As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of clients, staff and the broader community will apply. For more information please contact the City of Renton, Human Services office at 425-430-6600.

Youth Housing Connection: Two dates to celebrate 1 Year for YHC!

Attention Youth and Young Adults Committee members and other interested parties:

Here are two opportunities this month to celebrate one year of great work by the Youth Housing Connection (YHC) and to offer valuable feedback about changes and next steps for their second year.

Wednesday, September 17

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tukwila Community Center (12424 42nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98168)


Wednesday, September 24

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

2100 Building (2100 24th Ave S, Seattle)

Join the Committee to End Homelessness and the YHC team for YHC at Year One: Learnings and Reorientation to review lessons learned, correct misconceptions, and review opportunities for community feedback and training.This event is open to all stakeholders, community members and service providers, but funders, agency leadership, supervisors and front line staff are especially encouraged to attend. We hope you will be able to make it!

Resources from our “Helping Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento 101″ workshop


Help and support signpostWe had such a great turnout at our “Helping Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento 101” workshop on August 26, 2014, and we hope you found the topic just as engaging and informative as we do. As promised, here is a list of resources our wonderful presenter, Katara Jordan from Columbia Legal Services, put together to navigate common hurdles that prevent homeless students and their families from accessing the valuable services they need to get to and stay in school.

Basic Education Rights and Opportunities in Public Schools

How to be an Education Advocate

Protecting the Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools

Ombudsman’s services

Other general information including the above handouts:

Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness under Title I

What Service Providers Should Know

Washington Project