All media inquiries should be directed to ROOTS Executive Director Kristine Cunningham at (206) 632-1635 or

The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter opened in 1999 as the result of the community identifying a significant unmet need for shelter specifically for young people between 18 and 25, and is the largest shelter of its type in Seattle/King County. ROOTS has helped young people find a safe place to sleep for over fifteen years now, thanks to contributions by foundation and business funders, the City of Seattle, and individuals who donate time and money. We address basic needs by providing emergency shelter, nutritious food, and supportive services. In 2014, the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter provided 14,991 bed nights and served 647 unduplicated guests.

November 13, 2015 University of Washington Daily story on public safety in the University District

November 12, 2015 University of Washington Daily story on homelessness in the University District

October 29, 2015 Seattle Times story on the University District

July 31, 2015 Seattle Times story on homeless LGBTQ youth (includes info on ROOTS)

May 30, 2015 KEXP Community Forum interview with ROOTS Executive Director Kristine Cunningham

March 12, 2015 Crosscut story on 2015 “Count Us In” and young adult homelessness

March 11, 2015 UW Daily story on proposed zoning changes in U-District (includes info on ROOTS and other social services)

February 23, 2015 UW Daily story on Mayor’s U-District tour (includes info on ROOTS and other social services)

December 22, 2014 Crosscut interview with two ROOTS guests

December 1, 2014 UW Daily story on ROOTS Friday Feast meal program

November 17, 2014 Seattle Times story on a ROOTS volunteer’s sleeping bag project

ROOTS YouTube Channel

May 27, 2014 Crosscut story on how U-District plans will affect homeless youth and services

March 31, 2014 Crosscut story on youth homelessness

November 6, 2013 KIRO TV Mayor-Elect Ed Murray at ROOTS Luncheon

February 28, 2013 story on ROOTS at All

January 2013 story on ROOTS on City of Seattle TV show “CityStream”

December 19, 2012 New York Times print story “Young and Homeless”

December 10, 2012 New York Times video “Young and Homeless”

October 13, 2012 interview on KEXP’s Mind Over Matters

Tear Down the Tarp event story from KIRO news (9/20/2012)

ROOTS Shelter Offers Homeless Young Adults a Chance (Jerry Large 10/1/12 Seattle Times article)

Excellent short documentary on ROOTS produced by some of our volunteers (from YouTube)

Seattle Pi 10/18/2010 Fresh out of Foster Care and Homeless

The Daily UW 2/16/2010 ROOTS Executive Director Steps Down

Seattle Times 2/3/2010 $7.7M Grant To Aid Programs For Homeless Youth

The Daily UW 10/13/2009 Youth Shelter Faces Overcrowding