As we enter into the third year of the Doorway Project, we are working to focus on transparency and clarity, involve community members through a community advisory board, and build stronger ties among all service partners in the University District community to co-develop and evaluate the Doorway project.

Please take a look through our plan to get a good idea of where we’re headed and how we will get there. As always, this is a work in progress and can change as time goes on based on community collaboration and feedback.

Welcome to Doorway Project 2.0

+ Background and Overview

  • Between July 1, 2019-June 30, 2021, funds have been provided to the University of Washington to support youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in the University District of Seattle. Funding is provided for the University to work with community service providers and University colleges and departments to plan for and implement a comprehensive one-stop center with navigation services for homeless youth; the university may contract with the department of commerce to expand services that serve homeless youth in the University District.

    The main partners continue to be:

    • University of Washington (Academic Partner)
    • UW Carlson Center Learning Center (Student Learning)
    • YouthCare (Primary Service Provider)


  • The Doorway Project will comprise the following elements:

Year 1 (July 2019 - June 2020)

1) Listening and learning. The PI (Clifasefi) will gather data/information from key stakeholders on what has been done to date (since Phase I: 2017-2019), review materials, written reports, meet with community partners, establish and strengthen relationships, and open communication channels. A community advisory board (CAB) will be formed made up of community service providers, UW faculty, staff and students, members of the u-district unhoused community, and other youth community advocates.

2) Monthly Doorway Community Advisory Board meetings. This group of key stakeholders will oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of the Doorway program elements. This group will also determine a collective mission and vision for the Doorway project to meet the objectives of the State proviso.

3) Needs assessment. The CAB will review pre-existing qualitative data from one on one interviews and focus groups meetings that have been conducted with unhoused youth in the u district to assess their expressed needs in regards to desired program and service provision. These data will be analyzed using conventional content analysis and summarized to inform Doorway program development and enhancement.

Additional interviews will be conducted to address gaps, assess what is working well, what could be better and what programs and services youth experiencing homelessness would like to see in their community. UW students will be trained and responsible for conducting these interviews, transcribing, and de-identifying data. The PI will be responsible for bringing this information to the CAB to be collectively interpreted and used to inform Doorway program development.

4) Program & Evaluation Development. Based on the data stemming from the needs assessment, Doorway programs and services will be co-developed by the CAB and implemented. Program evaluation elements (i.e., key outcome measures) will also be determined by the CAB.

Year 2 (July 2020 - June 2021)

5) Program implementation and ongoing evaluation. Doorway programs and services will be launched in Year 2 (with trained UW students serving as support staff to enhance service provision). Agreed upon outcomes of interest will be assessed.

+ Plan of Work

  • Prior to the development, implementation and evaluation of Doorway program and service enhancement, a community advisory board (CAB) will be formed made up of University of Washington faculty and students, community service providers, u district youth experiencing homelessness, and other youth advocates and key stakeholders. The community advisory board will help guide the program elements, ensure that voices of youth experiencing homelessness in the u district are centered in the design, implementation and dissemination of Doorway program and service elements, as well as ensure that all potential areas of impact for this project are being considered. This board will meet monthly beginning in October 2019.

+ Timeline

  • This proposed timeline contains key activities and milestones. It will be amended as necessary based on input from Doorway CAB and is subject to change.

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