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 fourteen 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 2013, the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter provided 15,004 bed nights and served 606 unduplicated guests.

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