The Doorway Project is an initiative co-led by the University of Washington and YouthCare to address youth and young adult homelessness in the University District through continuous community-engaged collaboration with U District service providers.
Youth and young adults in the U District form the foundation of our work. We seek the knowledge and guidance of young people experiencing housing instability and who live, work, or learn here in this neighborhood. The work we do is intentionally open-ended, flexible, and continually evolving in response to what we learn.
In the first two years of the project, our methods included community mapping, focus groups, digital storytelling, and individual interviews. We engaged in these research methods through a combination of our seasonal Pop-Up Cafes and through partnership with existing service providers in the U District.
As we enter ‘Phase 2’ of the Doorway Project, we are taking the valuable information we gathered and the relationships we created, and building upon them. First, by creating a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to oversee the development of Doorway, we are continuing to include and center the voices of youth and young adults impacted by homelessness in the University District. A youth and young adult-centered board will ensure that the work we are committing to is maximally impactful, acceptable, and effective for the populations that we are aiming to serve through this project . You can learn more details about our Phase 2 plan here, Doorway Project 2.0: Our Plan
The Doorway Project is part of the Homelessness Research Initiative, an Urban@UW-fostered effort focused on developing collaborative solutions for housing and homelessness. It is made possible by funding from the State of Washington.