Mayor Ed Murray’s office announced Wednesday that PSKS will receive an additional $130,000 needed to operate as a year-long shelter.
Earlier this year, the 19th Ave community center used city funding to add its shelter beds as a temporary cold-weather measure. The shelter admits anyone between the ages of 18-29, and executive director Susan Fox said PSKS strives to make the space as safe as possible for queer youth. PSKS has a queer youth internship program, a transgendered support group, and has LGBTQ staff members.
The new grant will also allow PSKS to add an additional five beds to the facility starting in June.
“In a region like ours where there is such tremendous wealth, it’s heartbreaking that any of our youth experience homelessness,” Murray said in the announcement of the grant. “That’s why it is vital that we provide a warm bed, a pillow, and some relief from the dangers of the street. While permanent, safe housing is the ultimate goal, securing these additional resources will mean a few more young people every night won’t have to sleep on the streets.”
The funding meets a recommendation from a committee on homelessness advising the mayor and will also address some of the needs that have been expressed as solutions for countering hate crime on Capitol Hill including the demand for LGBTQ youth shelter space.