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 There are many ways for helping us change the lives of people with I/DD and their families. You can make donations, sponsor an event or program, volunteer or even donate your talent supporting a specific project.

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Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Program

best starts for kids

The Arc of King County is one of 27 grant recipients for the new Best Starts for Kids Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Program.  This 3-year grant from King County allows The Arc to provide intensive case management and flexible funding support so that families can maintain stable housing, preventing them from entering the homeless system.  We are excited to partner with the County and the other local organizations to support our community!

Wondering who is eligible for this program?  Here are the requirements:

  • Someone in the household must be 24 years or younger
  • Someone in the household must have an intellectual or developmental disability
  • Household members must be residents of King County
  • The household must be at imminent risk of homelessness
  • The household must not have received homelessness services through the King County Coordinated Entry System or from other BSK grant recipients within the last six months.

Program participants might be individual young adults no longer living with their family, an adult with a I/DD who has at least one child under the age of 24 living with them, or a family that includes a child with I/DD under age 24 living with them. 

Potential program participants must go through an intake interview with our Housing Stability Specialist which includes identifying the current barriers to stable housing, possible solutions to achieve stable housing, and a mutually agreed-upon support plan that both The Arc Case Manager and the family develop and implement together

For more information or to begin the intake process contact our new Housing Stability Specialist, Liz Sarmiento, at LSarmiento@arcofkingcounty.org or 253-226-4920.  You can also contact Robin Tatsuda, Director of Information & Family Support, at RTatsuda@arcofkingcounty.org or 206-829-7011.liz