NorthStar Advocates engages in advocacy that both prevents youth and young adult homelessness and secures what is needed to end their episode of homelessness. This includes direct advocacy at the state capitol in Olympia, collective action with our coalition partners, and grassroots advocacy to leverage our leadership’s experience and connections in service of systemic reform.



Prevent youth homelessness & other system involvement Provide early supports to families to avoid deeper crisis Sen. Nguyen

Rep. Callan

Budget only: $20m biennium

Aligns with OHY State Prevention Plan

SB 5397/HB 1405: Prohibit the State from taking SSI from children & youth Children & youth in foster care deserve to have their SSI payment in an authorized fund to be used for non-foster care related needs Sen. Wilson

Rep. Alvarado

Legislation & budget impact

DCYF supports this legislation

Very complex issue

Continue funding The Bridge Program Youth & young adults discharged from inpatient behavioral health treatment have safe housing and supportive recovery services Sen. Saldaña

Rep. Cortes

Budget only: $200K biennium

Rapid Response Team

SB 6560

Continue The Lifeline Project No wrong door to support those who have exited a system of care Rep. Chopp Budget only: $750K

SB 6560

Continue The Pacific Tower Project Repurpose Pacific Tower Quarters Buildings 3-10 for housing & services Rep. Chopp Capital budget

SB 6560

Preserve Mockingbird Family Expansion of Mockingbird Family within DCYF Governor’s Budget Budget only


  • SB 5230: Extended Foster Care Expansion
  • HB 1406: Barriers to Housing Shelter Program
  • Capital Budget: Supporting the YouthCare Broadway and Pine project

Download a printable copy of NorthStar’s 2023 Advocacy Agenda: 2023 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.docx