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.
Goal 1: Make Homelessness 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).
- More people housed and stabilized in housing, via more federal funding due in part to board advocacy in DC.
- Tenants’ rights honored, via statewide tenant protections and certificate of restoration of opportunity
- People prevented from becoming homeless and provided affordable homes through state advocacy and local investments including, King County’s Best Starts for Kids, the Seattle Housing Levy and the Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda
- Tenants’ rights protected in Renton, Tukwila, and Seattle, and Kent considers, with advocacy from All Home
Goal 2: Make Homelessness Brief and only One-time
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.
- Access to housing and employment streamlined and regionalized, via coordinated entry for all
- Fewer days homeless and only one time, via expanded diversion, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing programs
- More people sheltered through expansion and enhancement of shelter beds in King County and Seattle
- Providers and funders improved practices via All Home training, including housing first and diversion
- Continually improving by analyzing our system, and recommitting to using data to drive decisions
Goal 3: Create a Community to End Homelessness
- Working urgently and boldly through a streamlined, action-oriented community Coordinating Board
- Supporting community members to engage and participate in solutions to homelessness
- Significant new investments and support and compassion from business, philanthropic, and faith partners
- Learning together among King County cities about what works and commitment to solutions for all residents
Goal 4: Reduce 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.
- Fewer housing barriers improving access to housing for people of color disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system
- Communication and awareness via newsletter and workgroup, led by board members
- Declaring and demonstrating the need to combat racism when addressing homelessness through impact statement, youth of color needs assessment, review of data, and policy impact review
- Youth/Young Adult Initiative
In 2012, the All Home adopted youth and young adults (YYA) as an investment priority. Since then, the YYA Initiative has brought together providers, funders, advocates, youth and young adults who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness, and other stakeholders to develop a regional response to YYA homelessness. The 2015 YYA Comprehensive Plan Refresh articulates strategies to make YYA homelessness rare, brief and one-time and ensure equal outcomes for LGBTQ young people and young people of color.
Key accomplishments include:
- Funding: Since 2011, at least $5 million in new public and private funds have been dedicated to prevention, data collection, and coordination of YYA programs.
- Housing and Coordinated Entry: New housing programs have been launched, including a Rapid Rehousing-type model for young adults and programs to fill gaps in housing in South King County and for high needs young adults. In addition, Youth Housing Connection, our community’s system of coordinated entry to young adult housing, was launched in 2013.
- Supportive Services: The YYA Comprehensive Plan has led to expanded employment offerings to connect young people experiencing homelessness with jobs and development of a housing stability fund to prevent a return to homelessness for young people who have successfully exited housing programs.
- Prevention: Family engagement services to reconnect young people with family and natural supports when it is safe and possible have been expanded. Our community has also developed plans for targeted services for young people with a history of foster care who are high risk of homelessness.
- Disproportionality: Since 2014, Project EQTY has worked to build the capacity of agencies to better meet the need of LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness. Our community is now launching strategies to address disproportionality for young people of color experiencing homelessness.
- Family Homelessness Initiative
The Family Homelessness Initiative (FHI) is an investment priority of the All Home (since 2009). By bringing together local partners, funders, providers, families experiencing homelessness, and other critical stakeholders, the Initiative strives to make family homelessness rare, brief & one-time. Efforts to date have focused on the implementation of five key areas of system change: coordinated entry, prevention, moving families quickly to stable housing, focusing support services on housing stability and enhancing connections with mainstream systems.
The 2016-2020 Family Homelessness Strategic Plan can be found here.
- Single Adults/Veterans
The Single Adult and Veteran Initiatives are aligned with Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness — two initiatives supported through the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, Community Solutions, US Department of Veterans Administration and HUD, focused on the ambitious goal of creating coordinated entry for Veterans and chronically homeless single adults, and ending Veteran homelessness by 12/31/15. These initiatives recognize that when communities can end homelessness among vulnerable populations such as Veterans and chronically homeless individuals we pave the way to end homelessness among all populations.
In March, 2014 All Home joined the 25 Cities Initiative and signed onto the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. Thanks to this concentrated effort:
• Our community reduced unsheltered chronic homelessness by 30%, and unsheltered Veteran homelessness by 20%, as reflected in the 2015 Point in Time One Night Count.
• Housed 800 formerly homeless Veterans in 2014, with an additional 604 veterans permanently housed year-to-date in 2015 (through August 2015)
• Implemented the VI-SPDAT, a standard assessment tool, to screen and triage Veterans into housing, and conducted over 500 VI-SPDATS – putting Veterans on their first step on the pathway to housing