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Friends of Youth celebrates construction of four new homes for youth

Elected officials join Friends of Youth officials to cut the ribbon for Friends of Youth’s new transitional living homes for homeless youth. From left: State Sen. Andy Hill, Kirkland City Council member Doreen Marchione, Bellevue City Council member Lynne Robinson, King County Council member Jane Hague, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, King County Executive Dow Constantine, State Rep. Ross Hunter, Washington state First Lady Trudi Inslee, Medina Mayor Michael Luis, State Rep. Roger Goodman, Friends of Youth President and CEO Terry Pottmeyer, State Rep. Larry Springer, Friends of Youth Board Chair Nick Merriam, King County Council member Kathy Lambert and King County Council member Rod Dembowski. - Courtesy of Friends of Youth
Elected officials join Friends of Youth officials to cut the ribbon for Friends of Youth’s new transitional living homes for homeless youth. From left: State Sen. Andy Hill, Kirkland City Council member Doreen Marchione, Bellevue City Council member Lynne Robinson, King County Council member Jane Hague, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, King County Executive Dow Constantine, State Rep. Ross Hunter, Washington state First Lady Trudi Inslee, Medina Mayor Michael Luis, State Rep. Roger Goodman, Friends of Youth President and CEO Terry Pottmeyer, State Rep. Larry Springer, Friends of Youth Board Chair Nick Merriam, King County Council member Kathy Lambert and King County Council member Rod Dembowski.
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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.

 

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