In the early morning hours of Friday, January 27th, volunteers flooded the Compass Center and spread out across Seattle and King County to count people sleeping in cars, tents, and in the open.
All Home coordinated the effort with over 1,000 volunteers working in small teams of 3 or 4, led by paid team guides who are currently or formerly homeless.
Unlike with counts done in previous years, the final numbers will be released in spring rather than immediately. That’s due to changes in methodology to incorporate data from area shelters and transitional housing to give a more complete picture of homelessness throughout King County.
Thanks to everyone who joined us, All Home, community partners, and Mayor Ed Murray for your help and support. We look forward to learning the results of the count in the coming months as we continue to work on solutions to homelessness in our community.
The Church of Steadfast Love hosted this year’s “Service of Remembrance” for those who have died on the streets or because of homelessness on Friday, January 6th.
A candle was lit for each person lost and their names were read. We honored 146 people during the service and will continue to keep them in our thoughts.
They were counted huddled in a doorway or in a tent beneath a freeway overpass. Sleeping in a car parked in the lot of a sprawling retail store or riding a bicycle, their possessions slung to one side. In the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 23, volunteers with the One Night Count filtered through the areas of Seattle and King County where homeless people are known to sleep. What they found would break hearts.
In just three hours, volunteers organized by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness counted 3,772 people living without shelter in King County, a shocking 21 percent increase from last year’s total. (Due to the nature of the count, results are always assumed to be underreported.) The number is stark evidence of the need for more services for those who are homeless.