How Did We Get Here?

Our region's current needs are outpacing care system shelter and affordable housing capacity, leaving too many seniors, families and individuals sleeping on the street and in vehicles. Many have lost their jobs, experienced a sudden financial challenge, or are temporarily "down on their luck". A 2016 Needs Assessment in which more than 1,000 individuals were surveyed shows that when we address homelessness, we are addressing a diverse group of people who all have unique stories.

Who is living homeless in Seattle?

  • Nearly 1/3 of people living unsheltered are under age 30 
  • 70 % of respondents to the 2016 Needs Assesment came to Seattle to join personal networks or pursue job opportunities
  • Only 15% of respondents to the 2016 Needs Assesment came to access homeless services          
  • 38% of people have lived in King County 10 years or more
  • People of color are disproportionately represented in the homeless population