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 One Night Count in King County 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.
In 2015, approximately 7,000 households exited homelessness to permanent housing, an average of nearly 600 per month.
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:
Around the Region
People experienced homelessness in every zip code in King County last year. Eighty-seven percent of people accessing homeless services are from King County and ninety-seven percent are from Washington State.