King County’s Health Through Housing (HTH) initiative released its inaugural data dashboard which provides information on the HTH model and progress made during the initiative’s 2022 launch year.
Since purchasing HTH’s first building in May 2021, the initiative has grown to 1,366 units, and 803 people have lived in or are living in HTH facilities across eight buildings throughout the region. Agreements in five cities will usher in additional supportive housing for adults in Auburn, Federal Way, Kirkland, Redmond, and Renton.
“With the acquisition of the first property in May 2021, Health Through Housing took a significant step forward in the struggle to solve chronic homelessness,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We appreciate the shared commitment by cities, providers, neighbors, and the community to partner with us and welcome these new housing opportunities for people experiencing chronic homelessness. By taking unified action across the county, we can turn the tide on this regional crisis.”
“A program that wants to make the impact of the Health Through Housing initiative has to depend on partnerships – partnerships between government, partnerships between the county and the city, partnership amongst providers, and most importantly, the partnership that’s necessary between a case manager and the person that they’re supporting,” said Leo Flor, Director of King County’s Department of Community and Human Services, the lead agency implementing HTH. “To all our partners in this work, thank you!”
The HTH dashboard includes the following four sections:
Sowing the Seeds in 2022 provides an overview of HTH, progress towards the initiatives paramount goal of providing up to 1,600 units of affordable housing with wraparound services, and financial information;
Rooted and Rising in 2023 highlights an interactive map of HTH locations and status, and an overview of community partnerships and collaborators involved in HTH;
Sprouting Change focuses on the link between racism and homelessness, and how HTH is addressing disproportionality in King County’s homelessness population; and
Housing Is Health centers the relationship between housing and overall wellbeing. Over time, this section will include stories that highlight the people involved and impacted by the initiative.
Browse through the HTH dashboard at kingcounty.gov/hthdashboard.