ROOTS Young Adult Shelter


ROOTS Young Adult Shelter builds community and fosters dignity through access to essential services and a safe place to sleep for young adults experiencing homelessness.


Everyone has a safe place to call home.


We value each guest as an individual, without judgment or bias.

We drive change by discussing, addressing and breaking down barriers to social and economic barriers to equality for the benefit of young adults experiencing homelessness.

We work as a cohesive, passionate team to provide the best services possible to guests and build partnerships with the larger community.

We respect, honor and encourage the unique backgrounds of all individuals.

ROOTS History

  • 1999 - City of Seattle approaches the United Temple Methodist Church with the idea to host a young adult homeless shelter.
  • 2000 - Shalom Zone doing business as (dba) ROOTS Young Adult Shelter incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. ROOTS was the first overnight shelter in the city specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless young adults.
  • 2002 - With successful operations and continued demand for its services, ROOTS extended operations from one night a week to three nights a week.
  • 2004 - ROOTS began operating seven nights a week when its University District partner shelter closed. Since then, ROOTS has operated seven nights a week, 365 days a year, without ever once having closed its doors to guest due to lack of staffing or volunteers!
  • 2005 - ROOTS successfully managed its first federal contract. This helped ROOTS gain the credibility to acquire numerous other public and private grants from many sources, including Seattle Foundation, Medina Foundation, and United Way. During this time, ROOTS also significantly increased individual contributions
  • 2006 - ROOTS played a significant leadership role in the creation of the University District Service Providers Alliance (UDSPA), and until 2007 when UDSPA achieved its own nonprofit status, ROOTS served as the fiscal agent for this collaborative network.
  • 2011 - With a generous grant from the Raynier Foundation, ROOTS was able to undergo significant renovations which allowed us to increase our nightly available bed spaces from 23 to 45.


    ROOTS is a member of the University District Service Provider Alliance (UDSPA): The University District Service Providers Alliance (UDSPA) is a coalition of agencies working together to create a comprehensive continuum of services for homeless and street-involved youth and young adults.