Homelessness Response

Ensuring residents are safe and people experiencing a housing crisis have access to critical services and supports
The City of Seattle, in partnership with regional and local partners, is committed to ensuring people living unsheltered in our community have access to the resources they need to end their experience with homelessness.
As one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) has invested over $200 million this year to support community partners that work to address homelessness throughout Seattle. These services including the City’s HOPE Team, funding new shelter resources like tiny house villages and hotel-based shelters, maintaining and expanding enhanced shelters, street outreach providers, and other services designed to help people experiencing homelessness. Much of these investments were made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where dozens of programs needed to shift operations and practices to ensure safe operations.
These contracts and services will move to the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) in 2021, which will bring together both City and County programs and funding under one entity that can better coordinate service delivery to people in need. These services will fund the outcomes you see on the dashboard below.
Photographer: Tim Durkan
Citywide Initiatives

“While we cannot solve this crisis overnight, we must continue urgent action to make progress. We must work together to prevent more people from falling into homelessness, to bring more people off the streets and into safer places. As we do so, we must be accountable to Seattle taxpayers about the investments we are making, what is working, and where we need to innovate.”
-Mayor Durkan


King County Regional Homelessness Authority Data

King County's Homeless Response System Dashboards

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