Building a Foundation: The First Annual Report of the Affordable Housing Committee

Last year marked the launch of the Growth Management Planning Council’s Affordable Housing Committee (AHC or Committee). The Committee of 19 elected, nonprofit, and business leaders operates under the goal to strive to eliminate housing cost burden for households earning 80% area median income and below, with a priority for serving households at or below…

Emergency Smoke Relief Shelter Extended to Friday

As wildfire smoke and other pollutants continue to contaminate the air, and air quality conditions in the region remain “unhealthy for all,” King County and the City of Seattle are again extending the Smoke Relief Shelter for people experiencing homelessness. The shelter, located at the Sodo Assessment and Recovery Center, is extended for another day.…

Temporary shelter opens in Sodo to offer respite from smoke filled air

As wildfires rage in Washington State, the air quality in Seattle and King County has worsened and all residents have been cautioned to stay indoors over the weekend.  To offer a safe, clean place for people experiencing homelessness to come inside and breathe clean air, King County and the City of Seattle worked together to…

Masks, hand sanitizer and more: a COVID-19 supply store for homeless service providers

In March, to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, King County (Department of Community and Human Services and Public Health-Seattle & King County), City of Seattle and United Way of King County joined forces to solve a critical problem that many of our communities’ homeless service providers were facing, a shortage of sanitation…

Desktop computer with data dashboard

New homeless response system dashboards advance our understanding of system performance and equity

By Christina McHugh and Pear Moraras While the annual Point-in-Time Count provides a snapshot of homelessness on a single night, we need a more consistent and reliable source of information to inform ongoing decision making. We now increasingly look to our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data dashboards to understand trends in homelessness and how…

Thank you notes from hotel guests

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in people experiencing homelessness

From Leo Flor, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services. No new cases of COVID-19 overnight in the homeless community. For the first time in over a month, Public Health—Seattle & King County’s overnight case count report found no new cases of COVID-19 reported among people experiencing homelessness in King County. The first…