Where do the homeless sleep?

By United Way of King County Posted on July 15, 2015 In News


Cars/Trucks: 1,608 people

People are 2.5 times more likely to be sleeping in a vehicle than anywhere else when they’re unsheltered. While you typically can’t see through windows, the One Night Count counts 2 people per car. 43% of people sleeping in their cars are found in the suburbs, outside the City of Seattle.

Structures: 653 people

People looking for protection from the elements and some semblance of privacy are resourceful. This number includes people who have pitched a tent, positioned a tarp or built a lean-to with cardboard to provide shelter.

*Other: 643 people

The majority of people that get counted as ‘other’ are on late-night busses, where they can rest uninterrupted in a warm, dry place. ‘Other’ also includes people in organized tent cities and Safe Parking programs.

Walking Around: 579 people

For people with nowhere to go, sleeping on the streets at night can feel too vulnerable – and many don’t like overnight shelters. Many sleep during the day and stay alert, walking around during night-time hours.


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