Category Archives: Advocacy

One Night Count reveals a heartbreaking 3,772 living without shelter in King County

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.
Continue reading