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Friends of Youth celebrates construction of four new homes for youth
Friends of Youth celebrated another step forward in its journey to fully respond to youth homelessness on Thursday, cutting the ribbon on two new homes for homeless youth ages 16 to 22, and breaking ground on two new homes for foster youth ages 18 to 21 in the extended foster care program.
Friends of Youth President and CEO Terry Pottmeyer thanked the standing-room only crowd for their support of the agency’s vision to create a world where all youth have every opportunity to succeed. “The four new homes we celebrate today will become a landing pad where homeless and foster youth will find a place of refuge and growth, and a launching pad where those same young people will leave us for stable, independent, and successful futures," she said.
First Lady Trudi Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen and State Rep. Roger Goodman and a host of other officials were on hand for the celebration, which took place at Friends of Youth’s Kirkland campus, 13116 N.E. 132nd St.
Rep. Goodman noted that the rainy day was a fitting backdrop for the event, as the homes would provide a safe, warm and dry alternative for youth living on the streets. First Lady Inslee remarked that these homes, and programs, should be available in every community across our state and issued a call to action to the attendees to make this a reality, eradicating homelessness for young people in Washington.
The first homes will open for residents in June, while the extended foster care homes are slated for completion and occupancy before the end of the year.