COMMUNITY-BASED LEGAL AID, A CRITICAL TOOL IN ADDRESSING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
In 2016, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC) partnered with Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW) and YouthCare to reignite community-based legal services for youth, ages 12-24 years, who are or are at risk of experiencing homelessness in King County.
Onsite legal services at shelters and schools help increase youth engagement and improve the timeliness of identifying and responding to the legal barriers youth face in accessing safety, housing, education, employment, and public benefits.
The intentional pooling of resources and expertise results in more holistic direct services to youth as well as an increased ability to identify, assess, and respond to systemic barriers impacting youth homelessness.
In 2017, the Homeless Youth Legal Network of the American Bar Association recognized LCYC as one of twelve model programs nationally, providing quality direct services to address youth homelessness.
Katie Hong, Raikes Foundation Director of Youth Homelessness, cited to Legal Counsel for Youth and Children as an innovative strategy contributing to the 20% decrease of homeless minors in King County since 2017.
In 2018, MEMconsultants released an independent evaluation, finding that LCYC’s services for homeless youth are cost effective and have an immediate and positive impact on youth served.
Free civil legal services for youth, ages 12 -24 years, who are or are at risk of homelessness in king county
Youth between the ages of 12 and 24 years who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness are welcome to stop by during our intake hours, or submit a self-referral. Adults who are engaged with youth in need of and qualifying for services may also refer the youth. Click HERE for the referral form and corresponding instructions.
Si usted está entre las edades de 12 y 24 años y está experimentando o en riesgo de quedarse sin hogar, usted puede ser elegible para recibir asistencia legal civil con LCYC. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Chach Duarte White, marca 206-494-0323 x706 para informarse más acerca de nuestros servicios.
what: LCYC legal services intake hours
wheN: Wednesdays, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
where: Youthcare's James Ray Orion Center, 1828 Yale Ave Seattle, wa 98101
SOME OF THE LEGAL ISSUES WE MAY HELP WITH:
Child Protective Services
Gender marker and name changes
Orders of Protection
Many thanks to the Raikes Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for helping LCYC launch this program in 2016.