Labateyah Residential Transitional Youth HomeLabateyah home and garden (2)

United Indians Youth Home seeks to provide a safe and nurturing environment for homeless youth, combining Native American wisdom and ceremony with modern educational, medical and social services.  UIATF has achieve exemplary results from its Transitional Housing Project.

For the first time in my life, I haven’t wondered about whether or not I‘m going to have a roof over my head… I’ve finally been able to find work, and I’m working toward getting on my feet for the first time.



Learn more about Labeteyah Youth Home: Programs, Facts & Results


United Indians Labateyah Youth Home, located at 9010 13th Ave. N.W., Seattle, was established in 1992 by founder Bernie Whitebear, who recognized that Native American youth were disproportionately represented in Seattle’s homeless community. Whitebear established Labateyah (“the transformer” in the Lushootseed language) to provide a supportive transitional environment to move from homelessness and dependence to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.


Referrals are made through the King County Youth Housing ConnectionOur three-story, 25-bed home offers transitional and state group housing to youth between the ages of 18 and 23. Youth can stay for up to 18 months.


Clients are provided with access to medical and educational services, case management, life skills training and career counseling in preparation to living and working on their own.

I’m taking more responsibility for my life. I’m living for something bigger.



United Indians Youth Home
9010 13th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 781-8303
Fax: (206) 781-7239


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Labateyah Needs:  Moved to our UIATF Wish List Page