Month: January 2017

January 27 is Count Us In, the Point in Time Count of Homelessness in King County

Early Friday morning, hundreds of volunteers will spread over all of King County to witness and enumerate the scope of homelessness in our community. Formerly known as the One Night Count, this year, Count Us In will utilize new and improved data collection methods for the full range of count activities including a street count of people living unsheltered, a count of people living in shelter or transitional housing, a qualitative survey of people experiencing homelessness, and specialized approaches to counting subpopulations, including youth/young adults, families, and those living in vehicles. Obtaining comprehensive, accurate and actionable data through our annual point-in-time count is imperative to our community’s response to homelessness.

Local advocates, service providers and Applied Survey Research have all been active and valued partners in the planning and implementation of Count Us In.  Exciting changes to this year’s count include the addition of paid guides, who are currently or formerly homeless individuals with lived experience in or near their count area, a shift from “known areas” to a 100% canvass of every census tract in King County and sample-based survey efforts including both shelter/service sites as well as non-service locations. Because of changes to the count methodology, a raw unsheltered number will not be available following the street count, as has been the practice in previous years. A complete report of count findings including data on youth, vehicle residents, chronic homelessness and other specialized populations will be available in the spring of 2017. The City of Seattle has a separate assessment of homelessness that was also conducted in partnership with Applied Survey Research that will be released soon.

Immediately following the count, All Home director, Mark Putnam will be available to answer questions at Compass Center (201 Alaskan Way South, Seattle 98104) or by phone (206) 384-8475 from 6:30-7:30 AM. Homelessness continues to be a crisis in King County and we have continued and collective work to do to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time until no individual or family sleeps outside. More information on Count Us In is available through this training video and on the All Home website.

Seattle/King County Awarded $5.4 Million to Address Youth Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Friday, January 13th, the ten communities selected as part of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). Seattle-King County’s Continuum of Care, All Home, was awarded $5.4 million to support a wide range of housing programs to accelerate our community’s progress in preventing and ending youth homelessness.

“In receiving this first-ever grant through the new Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, King County and Seattle have proven that their innovative, inclusive approach to addressing youth homelessness deserves nationwide recognition, and I’m proud to be able to help them further expand their efforts with this significant award,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Their strong plan, which includes lasting partnerships between government, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations, relies on recommendations from young people who have experienced homelessness themselves. This should help ensure that these programs are as effective as possible and bring us closer to the goal of ending youth homelessness. There are thousands of young people in the Seattle area who are struggling to find stable housing and will now be able to receive the extra boost they need to get back on track.”

Since 2011, Seattle-King County has been engaged in systemic, regional efforts to prevent and end youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness. By coming together to identify gaps, invest in innovative programs and strategies, and implement system improvements, such as prevention, employment, coordinated entry and rapid rehousing for young adults, King County has a strong foundation to address youth homelessness.

“All Home’s work has played an important role in working to combat homelessness in King County. Today’s grant announcement means All Home will be able to invest in innovative new programs and strategies to help end homelessness for youth and young adults. For young people, a stable home is critical to reaching their full potential,” said Senator Maria Cantwell.

Through YHDP, Seattle-King County will implement and expand on key strategies including deepened partnerships with public systems to ensure youth do not exit to homelessness, family engagement and other forms of diversion, stronger behavioral health supports and a coordinated response for under 18 youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

“Thanks to Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, we are able to expand our innovative work to reduce youth homelessness,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “By focusing on rapid re-housing and other successful programs, we can do more of what’s proven to help young people, fulfilling our commitment to make King County a place where no youth is without a safe and stable home.”

“The federal funding announced today brings us one step closer to ensuring that all young people in King County have a safe place to sleep at night and accomplishing the goals laid out in Pathways Home,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Any viable solution to our region’s homelessness crisis will require support from the Federal government to address the root causes of homelessness and to move people indoors. I am thankful for the support of Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell in this effort.”

“Today’s announcement is great news for homeless youth and young adults in King County,” said Mark Putnam, Director of All Home. “These funds will be used to house all homeless youth and young adults quickly, eliminate the vast disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, and ensure youth do not become homeless again. We are thrilled that our innovative approach and our strong partnerships have been acknowledged through this award.”

All Home Coordinating Board Announcement

In November of 2016, the All Home Coordinating Board unanimously approved an amended Charter that dissolved the Coordinating Board and Executive Committee and replaced them with a singular, smaller and more action-oriented Board. Open applications were accepted through the month of November and new members were selected in December.

The Board roster and other related materials are available on the All Home website. Thank you to everyone who shared their time and talent as a member of our Coordinating Board over the last year. We look forward to our continued partnerships and collaboration to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time in King County.