The Problem

Homelessness is a crisis in King County. In 2015 alone, over 10,000 people experienced homelessness on any given day, and nearly 40 percent were unsheltered.

The Numbers

The annual Point in Time (PIT) Count tallied 4,505 people living unsheltered, on sidewalks, in cars, and tents on January 29, 2016. In addition, another 3,200 individuals were in emergency shelter and 2,983 were in transitional housing. Read the full report here.

Count Us In 2016 counted 131 unsheltered homeless youth/young adults, and a total of 824 unstably housed young people. These numbers were virtually unchanged compared to Count Us In 2015.

Monitoring our System Performance

The King County System Performance dashboard tracks our progress towards making homelessness rare, brief and one-time. This dashboard is used by our Coordinating Board and the broader community to monitor exits to permanent housing, average length of stay in homeless housing programs, and the rate of returns to homelessness. We invite you to explore the interactive dashboard below to learn more about our system performance and outcomes for sub-populations: