Homelessness Prevention Program

We provide progressive case management tailored to each client based on the needs and goals they identify.

The Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Program is a part of King County’s Best Starts for Kids Initiative.

Please carefully read and review the following essential information:

There are 4 main requirements to qualify for the Best Starts for Kids Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative:

  1. The family must include minor(s) or an expectant mother. We can also work with people living on their own under the age of 24.
  2. The family must currently live in King County.
  3. The family must be able to prove they will be stable in the future before any funds can be issued. This means your income can pay all of your bills with money left over each month. We can help you achieve this stability if you would like.
  4. The family must be at imminent risk of homelessness. This means you have a few days before court, the Sheriff arrives or you have to leave your current place of residence and have nowhere to go. We can also work with homeless clients and/or doubled up clients if you have not received services for being homeless in the last 90 days.

If you are facing a domestic or sexual violence situation, please do not hesitate to reach out immediately.

Important Information:

  • Our program is designed to provide mobile case management to those who qualify. We want to help you regain and maintain stability moving forward. This can include but is not limited to; financial planning and budgeting, finding a better job, and finding other agencies to help with needs such as food, clothing, and education.
  • Our program may be able to help you to keep your current housing or to move in to a new unit.
  • We have to wait until the very last minute to release funds, but would like to help connect you with rent assistance programs and eviction prevention programs in the meantime. We are here when other programs are unable to help or if there is no more time to wait.
  • We use a risk prevention tool to determine your chances of becoming homeless. The tool will assign you a score which will determine what services we can provide. In some situations, we may want to delay setting an appointment until it is likely you will qualify. Generally, clients wait until they receive a notice to respond to an attorney to set up a court date. We would want to set up an appointment at that time.
  • We have 25 partner agencies in King County. If you have worked with or are working with another case manager or agency, please provide this information as we cannot share clients with our partner agencies. If you are unsure, we can check our database before you come in.

Please note: It is your responsibility to keep your case manager updated.

Due to the volume of clients, it may not be possible for us to check in, reschedule appointments, or generally maintain contact with you. As your situation changes, please keep us up to date. The more updates and communication, the better.

If you do not hear back within 48 hours, please contact us again.

Click here to download the KYFS Best Starts for Kids application.

Please review page 1-2 and keep for your records. Please submit page 3 to leed@kyfs.org or fax to (253) 859-0745 c/o Lee Durfey.