The Numbers

Homelessness is a crisis in King County. In 2005, our community formed All Home – formerly the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEH), creating a broad coalition of stakeholders to focus on addressing and eliminating homelessness in King County. During the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness (2005-2015) almost 40,000 people ended their homelessness. Yet, homelessness persists, as demonstrated below. There are many reasons, including those found in this macro-level study of the causes of homelessness. Notably, the authors cite a 15 percent (metro areas) and 39 percent (nearby suburbs and rural areas) increase in homelessness per $100 increase in median rent for the examined area. King County has experienced significant rent increases; in Seattle, rents increased by more than $100 on average in each of the past 6 years, doubling from $925 to $1,950 for a one-bedroom apartment.

Coordinating Board Dashboard 

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.

Homelessness is solvable, and we are making progress. Our vision is that homelessness is rare in King County, racial disparities are eliminated, and if one becomes homeless, it is brief and only a one-time occurrence.

Summary of year-end 2016 dashboard:

  • Rare:  Since 2013, the number of people housed per year increased by 52%, to more than 3,300 households in 2016. Each year since 2013, the number of people housed has increased by at least 10%, meeting our annual improvement goal. However, the number of people becoming homeless continues to rise, as measured by our Point in Time count (64% increase during this period; read here) and those who seek housing through Coordinated Entry (no data available for comparison across this period).
  • Brief: The number of days people experience homelessness before securing permanent housing was 170 in 2013, and declined to 146 by 2015 and fluctuated throughout 2016, falling short of meeting our 2016 goal of 100 days.
  • One-Time: The percent of households who returned to homelessness within 24 months after securing permanent housing has declined slightly since 2013. We will not have complete data on our progress 2013-2016 until December 2018, or 24 months after the end of 2016.
  • Reducing Racial Disparities: There continue to be significant disparities in the number of people of color experiencing homelessness. More than 60% of people who participated in homeless services in 2016 were people of color, while fewer than 35% of King County residents are people of color. The dashboards below and on other pages show program access and outcome data by race.

We invite you to explore the interactive dashboard below to learn more about our system performance and outcomes for sub-populations:

Below, explore 2015 HMIS data by region and population.