Links to Legal Help and Other Youth Service Providers

Legal Help

Northwest Justice Project: Non-profit Washington State organization that offers free civil legal services to people of low income throughout the state.  Eligible clients may receive either direct legal representation or referrals to direct representation. Interpreting services are available upon request.

CLEAR: Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral. NJP's toll-free telephone resource for non-criminal legal problems. Provides advice and, if appropriate, will send free informational materials through the mail. Eligibility may be determined by financial need, depending on county.

Columbia Legal Services: Resource that offers direct legal representation to people of low income or with special needs throughout Washington state, in the areas of advice, education, court proceedings, litigation, rulemaking before administrative agencies, and legislative advocacy.

TeamChild: Provides assistance to juvenile offenders regarding health, education and housing.

Washington Law Help: Comprehensive database of self-help legal information in family law, housing, consumer issues and debt, domestic violence and harrassment, government benefits, health, aging and elder law, youth law and education, immigration, employment/farm workers' rights, civil rights, Native American issues, and criminal matters.

Qlaw: GLBT Bar Association of Washington.
An association of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) legal professionals and their friends, serving as a voice for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender lawyers in the state of Washington on issues relating to diversity and equality in the legal profession, in the courts, and under the law.

General Youth Service Agencies

Mockingbird Society: Publishes a newspaper designed, written, and produced by young people with foster care or homelessness experiences. Also advocates for youth in foster care by seeking improvements in the current system through the Ask-Y campaign.

UDSP: University District Service Providers. Alliance of direct youth service providers in Seattle's University District. Member agencies provide a variety of services and resources for homeless or street-involved youth and young adults.

YMCA: Offers a variety of programs for homeless youth and adolescents in Seattle's University District and Capitol Hill areas, as well as in Bellevue. Also operates transitional programs to help adolescents work towards independence.

Drop-Ins


Sanctuary Art Center: Creativity services for youth, including art and theater programs. Meal served on Friday, music on Saturday.

Seattle Education Access
: Educational resources including college help and scholarship programs. 

Street Youth Ministries: Drop-in case-management for ages 13-22. Free activities on Wednesdays, and a Youth Concil lunch on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

University District Youth Center: Provides food, schooling, showers, laundry, jobs, mental health and drug counseling, and case management for youths 13-22.

YWCA Working Zone: Provides employment training and paid internship opportunities through the 'Zine Project, the Tile Project, and Seattle Youth Garden Works. Job applications, interview practice, and resume-writing help.

Shelters

ROOTS: Provides overnight shelter to street-involved young adults between ages 18 and 25, as well as meals, showers, case-management, and health care visits.

Orion Center: Multi-service facility open to youth from age 13 to 21, operated by Youthcare. Services include the Drop-in Center which offers free showers, lockers, laundry and 3 meals daily, and case management to help youth gain housing, enroll in school and obtain medical care. Youth can obtain their high school diploma or GED at the Orion School, and Youthcare offers pre-employment training as well.

Youthcare: Operates housing shelters for youth in Seattle. Offers food, medical attention, information, and connections to community services for youth on the streets via mobile outreach. Also provides employment training and educational programs.

U-District Meals & Food Banks

Teen Feed: Part of University Street Ministries. Provides meals and out-reach case-management to homeless youth and young adults.

Saturday Kitchen: Part of University Ministries. Provides a free Saturday morning meal to the U-District homeless community.

U-District Food Bank: Provides free groceries, infant care items, and referral information to low-income Seattle residents.

Health Care

45th St. Homeless Youth Clinic: Evening drop-in clinic for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-23. Services include allopathic primary care, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, dental care, mental health counseling, outreach, resource referral, yoga, eligibility assistance, and HIV counseling.

Country Doctor Community Clinic: Free medical services for homeless street youth between ages 12-24. Services include medical care, lab tests, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and referrals.

Important Contact Info

Community Info Line: 206-461-3200

Crisis Clinic (phone support): 206-461-3222

King County Recovery Center (Detox): 206-625-5011

Orion Center Outreach: 206-625-5011

Seattle Police Complaints Line: 206-684-8797

Service Links for Youth Case Management for Homeless Youth 13-25: 206-356-9314