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.
- 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
- 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
- Make Homelessness Brief and 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
- 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