Streets to Home
Reducing homelessness in King County by quickly connecting people with housing and income.
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Ensuring people have both stable housing and income is necessary in the fight against homelessness.
We know that the sooner people move off the streets, the less likely they are to fall back into homelessness. And, once off the streets, stable income is necessary to maintain stable housing. Both are necessary.
Streets to Home is a program that works with people experiencing homelessness to set them on a path of upward mobility by quickly getting them into housing and connecting them with employers.
A key component of this work is recognizing and addressing racial inequities. People of color—especially Black, Indigenous and Latino people—are disproportionately experiencing homelessness at higher rates than white people in King County. This is because of historical and current structural racism that creates barriers to generational wealth building, employment, housing and more.
Homelessness Disproportionality in King County
We are focusing our efforts to combat these inequities by partnering with 11 agencies that have a track record of working with Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) individuals and families experiencing homelessness and joblessness and connecting them to housing and jobs.
How It Works
Everyone’s circumstances are different. That’s why flexibility is a big piece of the support that Streets to Home provides. Outreach workers from homeless and mental health organizations connect and partner with people experiencing homelessness to understand their unique needs. Flexible dollars are available to break down barriers toward stable housing and income.
An outreach worker connects with a person or family experiencing homelessness.
They then work collaboratively to identify and address barriers to housing, using flexible dollars to break down those barriers.
The team also explores factors impacting income, identifying pathways to stabilize or increase income through employment.
Participants are connected to employers who are seeking to hire people into long-term jobs.
Success to Date
Last fiscal year, despite the pandemic, we were able to support a combined 2,500+ people with either housing or jobs. With the pandemic, the flexibility of funds became more critical and, beyond housing and job support, we were able to offer additional assistance for things like healthy food, reliable transportation and other basic needs.
- 1,920 people moved into housing.
- 77% of people housed were people of color.
- 96.4% of people housed were still there after 6 months.
- 708 people connected to jobs.
- 65% of people connected to jobs were people of color.
Gabriel is a proud father of a six-year-old daughter. They had been living in their car when he made a connection with a Streets to Home outreach worker. A previous eviction was preventing him from securing housing, but with help, he was able to navigate the system and secure permanent housing subsidized by the City of Seattle. The subsidy was essential for Gabriel because of fluctuations in income during COVID-19. Flexible dollars also helped him cover late car payments, enabling him to continue working and providing for his daughter. They were also able to get $40 a month in food vouchers—a highlight for the young family as they love shopping for fresh fruits and veggies together.
Reduce the number of unsheltered people by 50%
By quickly connecting people with housing and income, we can reduce homelessness in King County.
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With support from these generous donors, we are helping people off the streets and into a stable home.
- Loeb Family Charitable Foundation