Ending Homelessness

When you support United Way, you’re helping people stay in their homes and move off the street. Last year we invested $9.2M in shelter and housing programs around the county, connected thousands of volunteers who want to make a difference and helped make housing a priority in Olympia.

Our 5 Bold Moves is the framework for our comprehensive approach to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time.

Our Goal

Reduce the number of unsheltered people by 50%
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Streets to Home

Whether a result of domestic violence, medical challenges, job loss or something else, when someone becomes homeless it is a true personal crisis. When you’re in crisis mode, it’s often difficult to see your way out.

We know that the barriers preventing people from leaving the streets are as varied as the people themselves. Our Streets to Home program gives outreach workers the tools they need to solve the homelessness crisis of one person at a time.

Ending homeless through Streets to Home: Marrissa in her new apartment
Marrissa gets a home thanks to the Streets to Home Program.
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Jobs Connect

On a recent game day, there were 200 stadium jobs available and only 140 were filled. We know that connecting people to employment can give them the boost they need to start their exit from the streets. We’re working with partners like Millionair Club and Downtown Seattle Association to remove barriers and connect people to work.
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Youth Homelessness

More than 5,000 young people each year in King County don’t have a safe place to call home, and thousands more are at risk. In addition, 34% of kids exiting foster care in King County become homeless within just 12 months.

Your donation helps these kids get back to stability, back to school and on to a better future. Our investments are in safety and family reunification, shelters and housing, and employment. We’ve also been working with our state legislature extend foster care to age 21 so young people have a chance to get on their feet.

Chronic Homelessness

People who have experienced long-term homelessness are often high users of publicly-funded systems and require different support to get off the streets.

Our community was one of the first to adopt the approach of ‘Housing First’ – providing people that are chronically homeless apartments with vital services on-site. This approach is widely recognized as more humane, cost-effective and successful than allowing these same individuals to cycle in and out of the emergency room, sobering center or jail.

United Way provides the on-site services for people living in 2,241 units. Having these services on-site means that people get the mental health and medical help they need to remain safely housed and off the streets.