Building Changes Programs
Building Changes is taking the lead in developing real solutions and best practices. With the right investments, we know we can prevent and end homelessness.
We Make Grants
We identify, support, and evaluate innovative programs and service models that prevent and end homelessness and strengthen communities throughout Washington State. We work to develop more effective and systematic approaches to preventing and ending family homelessness.
We Provide Training and Technical Assistance
We provide consulting, training, and technical assistance to agencies around the country and across the state who serve vulnerable populations.
We Advocate for Change
We promote strategies for ending homelessness through policy changes, legislative outreach, and advocacy training for nonprofit boards.
Five proven strategies guide our work:
- Prevent homelessness by keeping individuals and families housed and linked to services
- Improve access to coordinated support services
- Tailor programs to deliver the right level of service at the right time
- Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families
- Increase economic opportunities through education, training, and employment
Watch our video, From Homelessness...to Hope
, which features some of the voices, faces, and places that benefit from the work of Building Changes and our partners.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Our Washington Families Fund programs have been successful in stabilizing families in crisis and transitioning them to healthy, self-sufficient lives: employment rose by 50 percent among heads of households; income rose by 32 percent; and children's school stability improved by 80 percent.
People experiencing homelessness need to earn a living wage. Our recent 18-month capacity building program has helped nonprofits in many of the state's most economically distressed counties improve their employment services programs and partnerships. Through the program, 25 agencies across 19 counties have received 100 hours of training, 250 hours of technical assistance, and $600,000 in financial assistance grants.
On any given night, nearly 23,000 people are homeless in Washington. Of these, more than 10,000 are families with children. Homelessness among families deprives children of the stability they need to succeed in school, build relationships, and maintain physical and mental health. Today’s homeless children are at risk of becoming tomorrow’s homeless parents and single adults.
With support from the community, Building Changes will:
- Ensure that families get the help they need to stay in housing
- Create better employment opportunities for homeless families and individuals
- Work for policy and funding changes at the local, state, and national level
- Raise awareness and understanding about the solutions to homelessness