our focus : ending homelessness

Ending Homelessness in King County

Around 9,000 people sleep outside, in their cars, or in shelters each night in King County. Nobody should have to suffer this nightmare.

We've helped thousands of people get off the streets in recent years. Unfortunately, as housing costs soar while post-recession wages lag behind, homelessness remains an urgent issue.

Our work focuses on making homelessness rare, brief, and one-time:

  • Rare. We provide emergency rent and utility help to pull people back from the brink of homelessness. We also fund Safe Place, a network of businesses and buses where young people in crisis can get immediate help.
  • Brief. We help shelters keep up with demand. We connect people with housing and provide rent support. And we fund permanent housing programs for people who need long-term support, such as veterans.
  • One-Time. We work to get people the affordable housing and services they need, so they don't become homeless again. This includes coordinating support for families, funding job training programs, working with landlords to break down housing barriers, and supporting public policy improvements.

We also know what works to help people who suffer chronic homelessness. We invest in permanent housing programs to establish safety and security, so that services like counseling, medical treatment, and job training can follow.

We've still got a long way to go, but we're proud of what we've accomplished. Check out our Community Resource Exchange to get a taste of what's possible when our community comes together against homelessness.


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