Performance Measurement and Evaluation Unit Releases Brief on Impacts of COVID-19 on the Homeless Response System in 2020

DCHS’s Performance Measurement & Evaluation (PME) unit is launching the first in a series of quarterly data briefs highlighting housing and homelessness data trends. For the Q1 2021 release, the Data Review explores the impacts of COVID-19 on the King County Homeless Response System.  For several years, DCHS has used public data dashboards to provide information on the homeless response system and its performance towards making…

North King County Enhanced Shelter Opens

A former nursing home has taken on a new purpose: providing safe shelter for up to 60 people experiencing homelessness. On April 1, Lake City Partners opened the doors of the former Oaks nursing home on Aurora Avenue North, creating a new North King County Enhanced Shelter in Shoreline. The City of Shoreline worked in…

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New Data Dashboard Explores Coordinated Entry for All

King County’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data dashboards have been a great resource for the community to learn about trends in homelessness and how well our system is performing. Now, DCHS’s Performance Measurement & Evaluation unit is excited to announce the addition of the new Coordinated Entry for All dashboard. With this new dashboard,…

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Investment Matters: The Lasting Impacts of the Gates Foundation’s Data Driven Culture Initiative

By: Christina McHugh, Regional Housing and Homelessness Evaluation Manager Investments in data infrastructure, particularly in lean times, are not often prioritized. Yet, during the Great Recession, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested substantially in King County’s homelessness data analytics capacity, investments which have been sustained by the King County Council and Department of Community…

King County announces Severe Weather Shelter

In advance of freezing temperatures and forecasted snow, King County is opening a Severe Weather Shelter in Seattle. The Department of Community and Human Services will offer 25 additional shelter beds in the King County Fourth and Jefferson Building 420 4th Ave. Seattle, WA 98104. King County’s Severe Weather Shelter will be open Tuesday night,…

Skyway-West Hill & North Highline Residents and King County are working together to Develop Anti-Displacement Strategy Recommendations

Skyway-West Hill and North Highline are richly diverse neighborhoods with large BIPOC and immigrant communities, as well as large numbers of low-income households. Skyway has the highest proportion of African-American residents of any area in the state. These neighborhoods have experienced rising land values and cost of housing at a faster rate than the broader…