According to The Pulse Of Radio, Pearl Jam held a press conference on Thursday (September 27) to announce a statewide effort to end youth homelessness. A statement from the band read in part: “Every year, more than 13,000 unaccompanied young people under the age of 25 experience homelessness in the state of Washington — 1,500 experience homelessness on any given night in Seattle and King County alone.”
The band continued: “Every person deserves a safe and stable home. To achieve this goal, Pearl Jam is banding together with two efforts — working in coordination — to end youth homelessness in King County and across Washington State.”
The group stated that it will work with All Home on their initiative to ensure that every young person in Seattle and King County has a home by 2020. The band will also support A Way Home Washington’s “Anchor Community” initiative, a pilot program to end youth homelessness in four Washington communities by 2022.
Pearl Jam raised money for both organizations through the “Home Shows”, two concerts it played at Seattle’s SafeCo Field earlier this summer. Guitarist Stone Gossard said: “Just as our community came together around the ‘Home Shows’, these initiatives will bring together nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, schools, families, and the community, to connect young people with the services they need to exit homelessness quickly, and find permanent and safe housing.”