Seattle Times: University District Food Bank addresses hunger and community

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"The food-bank facilities occupy the building’s first floor and roof; the nonprofit Low Income Housing Institute oversees 49 studios and apartments on the other floors, including 20 set aside for homeless young adults. Street Bean Coffee Roasters, a job-training program for homeless youth, operates a coffee shop with a separate entrance on the ground floor.

The actual food bank looks more like a supermarket than anything else, one with limits on some categories but no price tags. It’s a big departure from traditional setups, where people in need line up for prepacked bags of canned goods."

Read the whole article at: https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/the-university-district-food-bank-addresses-hunger-and-community/

Announcement: SECOND Doorway Project Pop-Up Cafe!

Join us for our SECOND Pop Up Cafe at U Heights Center! 

This is a free, family-friendly event for everyone who lives, works, or plays in Seattle's University District. 

Live music, community mapping, warm beverages, food trucks. There will be a "Pay-It-Forward" model and no one will be turned away for lack of funds! 

Seattle Times: A Cafe Where No One is Homeless: One Solution to Youth on Seattle Streets

 Credit: Erika Schultz/Seattle Times

Credit: Erika Schultz/Seattle Times

"Homeless youth are often kicked out of cafes in the cold winter months when it’s not easy to be outside. Yet in the U District, many youth don’t choose to take shelter or access services. So advocates are experimenting with opening a cafe for them.”

Read the whole article at: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/a-cafe-where-no-one-is-homeless-one-solution-to-youth-on-the-streets/

A cafe to solve youth homelessness? UW is getting innovative | KUOW News and Information

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Credit: FLICKR PHOTO/CURTIS CRONN

"Kim Malcolm talks with University of Washington nursing professor Josephine Ensign about the Doorway Project, the UW's effort to address youth homelessness.

The long-term goal of the project is to open a navigation center and hub in the University District that caters to homeless young people. Ensign is coordinator of the project."

Take a listen to this excellent KUOW interview on All Things Considered with one of our team leaders, Dr. Josephine Ensign. LISTEN HERE

The Daily: New Front Against Youth Homelessness Comes as Other Services Struggle

 Credit: Caean Couto/The Daily

Credit: Caean Couto/The Daily

"A banjo cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” carried through the parking lot, an unlikely ode to the newest effort to alleviate homelessness in the U-District.

That effort, the Doorway Project, aims to establish a community hub for homeless youth. The UW-led initiative of students, faculty, and community service providers, will host quarterly pop-up cafes before setting up a permanent location that doubles as a navigation center, connecting homeless youth with local services. 

Read the whole article by Max Wasserman here: CONTINUE READING

KOMO News: "UW community launches new effort to combat youth homelessness"

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Credit: KOMO News

"Just days after King County leaders talked about creating a new task force to tackle the homelessness problem, the University of Washington community launched a new effort Sunday to combat youth homelessness.

The innovative idea, called The Doorway Project, has $1 million in new state funds to help. It's hoping UW, in partnership with faculty, students and community agencies, will collaborate to develop a new neighborhood hub and navigation center for the homeless"

To read the whole article on the KOMO News website, click here: CONTINUE READING

 

UW Press Release: UW's Doorway Project Kicks Off Services for Homeless Youth

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"Seattle’s homeless crisis isn’t confined to one part of town – nor does it hinge on one solution.

The University District community includes as much as one-third of King County’s homeless youth over any given year. It’s a neighborhood where a food bank and youth shelter are available, and where young people on the streets can blend in.

But more needs to be done in the U District and beyond to help homeless young adults become self-sufficient over the long term.

Now the University of Washington, in a partnership among faculty, student and community service agencies – and with $1 million in state funding over two years – is launching The Doorway Project, an effort to establish a neighborhood hub and navigation center specifically for homeless young people."

Please check out the whole press release here: "UW’s Doorway Project kicks off services for homeless youth"

Pop-Up Café Coming Soon!

Our first Pop-Up Café is happening on December 3rd, from Noon-4pm at U-Heights Community Center. This is a free event and all are invited!

Come enjoy the musical stylings of Aaron Shay (aaronjshay.net) and Moody (https://www.facebook.com/wheresmoody/), as well as other artists, to be announced soon!

We plan to be serving complimentary hot coffee and cocoa for all, and will be hosting two food trucks on-site to provide warm, nourishing food. There will be a "Pay-It-Forward" model, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds! 

Come meet others in the U District community! 

Like, comment and share on our Facebook event page, linked here.