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HOUSING STABILITY FOR YOUTH IN COURTS (h-SYNC) PROGRAM

 

Overview

The H-SYNC model was developed by the SAJE team in collaboration with Snohomish and Kitsap County workgroups and is intended to serve as a prevention tool for youth homelessness. Specifically, it’s designed to identify youth at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness within the juvenile court system and subsequently refer youth to appropriate prevention and housing services via a stepped-care model. The court system serves as a pivotal resource for the identification of these populations in need due to the high frequency of police and court contact these populations experience.


Status

King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Pierce, and Okanogan Counties will be implementing H-SYNC in collaboration with the SAJE Center and community partners from 2019-2020.


Funding

H-SYNC is funded through a combination of public and private funds. Private funders include the Raikes Foundation, the Block-Leavitt Foundation, and Premera Blue Cross.


Relevant Publications

Overview of H-SYNC Model Components

Walker, S., Valencia, E., Bishop, A., Irons, M. & Gertseva, A. (2018). Developing a coordinated youth housing stability program for juvenile courts. Cityscape, 20(3), 117-137.

Walker, S., Valencia, E., & Vick, K. (2018). Report of a Research to Practice Partnership to Develop the Youth Housing Stability Model for Juvenile Courts. Seattle, WA: Center for the Study and Advancement of Justice Effectiveness (SAJE).