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April 02, 2019

Homes First Partnership Provides Housing for Homeless Youth

LACEY, Wash. — First lady Trudi Inslee will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to welcome three homeless youth into their new home. The three youth age 18-24, who share this home will receive case management support to learn valuable life skills in monthly workshops that focus on such topics as landlord tenant law, money management, healthy relationships and substance abuse awareness.

Homes First, a nonprofit housing provider the south Puget Sound region recently purchased a property in Lacey is partnering with another local nonprofit, Community Youth Services (CYS) to give three youth a safe and healthy home they can afford with a landlord who cares about their future. The youth come from the CYS Young Adult Housing program, which helps homeless youth in Thurston, Mason, and Pierce Counties prepare for living independently.

Homes First develops, owns, and manages affordable housing for lower income Thurston County residents who are unable to compete in today’s housing market. Learn more online at

CYS, headquartered in Olympia, provides an array of services to help a wide range of youth: those in foster care, those who need help finishing their educations or getting a job or finding a safe place to live, and those seeking meaningful ways to connect with society in a positive way. CYS partners with Homes First to provide in-home services to youth who live in local affordable homes owned by Homes First

There are 1,670 reported homeless students from the local public schools. These students range from kindergarten to 12th grade, according to the 2018 Thurston County Homeless Census.

Trudy Soucoup, Homes First chief executive officer, said Monday’s event is a success story for the youth who need a home.

“Homes First is proud to partner with CYS to be a solution to not only homelessness in Thurston County, but the affordable housing crisis that we are facing in the state and across the country,” Soucoup said.


For additional information:

Trudy Soucoup, Chief Executive Officer
Homes First
360-915-7513 |

Derek Harris, Chief Executive Officer
Community Youth Services
360-918-7870 |