Important update about YouthCare's Young Adult Shelter for 18-24 year olds; please scroll down for more info.
Age 12–17: Adolescent Emergency Shelter
You can reach Adolescent Emergency Shelter 24/7 at (800) 495-7802. We will ask some brief questions. If you qualify, you can enter the Shelter that day. If not, we will point you to other options. Within 8 hours of entry into Shelter, a parent, guardian, or Child Protective Services (CPS) worker must consent to your staying in the program.
Location: U-District (NE Seattle)
Shelter Hours: 24 hours
Phone Number: (800) 495-7802
Age 12–17: Safe Place
If you need a place to stay, you can go to any Safe Place site and say "I need a safe place." The staff will arrange for you to be met by a youth counselor who can help you find shelter or other services. Or, text the word "SAFE" to 69866 and you'll receive a text back with the closest Safe Place. If you need to talk to someone right away, reply with “2chat” and you’ll be able to text with a counselor. You can also call Safe Place directly at 1 (800) 422-TEEN.
Age 18–24: Overnight Shelter at Orion
Beginning on OCTOBER 15, 2013, we will no longer be accepting new referrals to YouthCare's Young Adult Shelter. If it is before Tuesday, October 15th, you can register to stay at the Young Adult Shelter by coming to the Orion Center in person at 1828 Yale Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 between 5pm and 6pm the night you wish to stay.
You must have government-issued ID with picture and birth date and be between the ages of 18 and 24. No Level II or Level III RSOs. (If you don't have ID, we can help you get it. Call (206) 622-5555, Monday-Friday, for information on the ID workshop.)
From OCTOBER 15 to NOVEMBER 3, 2013, guests who have already stayed at the Young Adult Shelter may get on the list by calling the shelter message line at (206) 724-0950 anytime before 6pm: leave your first and last name, initials, or chosen name to be put on the list. Call the shelter message line back at (206) 724-0950 after 6:20pm to check if you have a spot.
On NOVEMBER 3, 2013 at 6pm, we will close our shelter beds to the general public. at 6pm on the Sunday the 3rd, we will hold our final lotto to determine which 15 guests will have a dedicated bed from that night until our closure. To be eligible for this lotto, guests must have stayed at the Young Adult Shelter between October 15th and November 3rd, let shelter staff know that they would like to be on the final lotto, and not have serious behavioral concerns expressed by Orion Center staff.
Doors open for Shelter at 8:30pm. If you have received a place for the night, you must arrive by 8:45 to claim your bed, unless you have made a previous arrangement with staff. We provide a nightly snack, showers, laundry, activities, and breakfast.
Shelter Message Line: (206) 724-0950
Additional Questions: (206) 622-5555 ext. 234
Location: The James W. Ray Orion Center: the green building on the corner of Denny and Stewart, at the foot of the I-5 highway overpass on Denny Way. (Street Address: 1828 Yale Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101)
Shelter Hours: Monday–Friday: 8:30pm-7:30am; Saturday–Sunday: 8:30pm–8am.
Other Emergency and Overnight Shelters
- Auburn Youth Resources South King County Youth Shelter: Emergency shelter in Auburn for youth 10–17. Phone Number: (800) 609-6884 / (800) 259-6042
- Youth Haven (Friends of Youth): Emergency housing in Bellevue and Kenmore for youth 11–17. Phone Number: (206) 236-5437 / (206) 236-KIDS
18 and Over
- ROOTS Young Adult Shelter: Emergency shelter in Seattle's U-District for youth 18–25. Phone Number: (206) 632-1635
- The Landing (Friends of Youth & Bellevue Family YMCA): Overnight shelter in Bellevue for youth 18–24. Phone Number: (425) 449-3868
Find out about other services for homeless youth in Seattle/King County.