Count Us In 2013
In King County, 776 youth and young adults were counted as homeless or unstably housed on Jan. 24, 2013. The count was conducted by a group of youth service providers and key community partners from across the county. As described in greater detail in the preliminary report, data was gathered through surveys and agency records. The aim: better understand the extent and nature of youth homelessness in our community so that we can more effectively address this critical issue.
Of the 776 youth and young adults identified as homeless and unstably housed:
- 447 were staying in shelter or transitional housing programs.
- 329 were identified through in-person surveys administered at agencies and places that homeless youth frequent.
- Of the 329 youth identified through surveys, 114 were unsheltered and 215 were unstably housed.
Learning more about homeless youth and their needs is a core aim of a growing collaboration among United Way of King County, the Raikes Foundation, the Medina Foundation, King County and the City of Seattle. The federal government, too, has a growing interest. They have named Count Us In as 1 of 9 demonstration projects nationally. A national cross-site evaluation report will be available in May.