The Youth of Color Needs Assessment, a project of the NW Network, examined the overrepresentation of youth of color among homeless and unstably housed young people in King County, WA. In collaboration with the King County Comprehensive Plan to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness, this qualitative research project used a participatory, community-based approach to conduct focus groups with homeless youth of color (13-24) across the county.  The Needs Assessment lifted and centered youth of color voices to clarify their unique experiences, strengths, and needs. Our report highlights opportunities and barriers for the county’s ongoing efforts to address homelessness among youth of color. Based on these findings, the report provides recommendations for stakeholders throughout the region to strengthen available resources and continue building capacity to address and prevent disproportionate rates of homelessness for youth of color in King County.

To access an electronic copy of the final report, click here

To request a hard copy of the report, please contact



For more information about the project, please contact:

*Sydney Pk at  or

*Carrie Lippy at