Regional Homelessness Data

MEASURING RESULTS, MONITORING PERFORMANCE, AND BUILDING ACCOUNTABILITY

Data is a critical tool for preventing and ending homelessness. Because homelessness is not a static or uniform experience, collecting the numbers and characteristics of those experiencing homelessness in King County, as well as quantifying the need for services, is essential to understanding our system’s ability to meet the need and to identifying effective strategies for addressing the crisis.

King County’s Homeless Response System

Prepared by King County Department of Community and Human Services Performance Measurement and Evaluation

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How equitable is the system?

Prepared by King County Department of Community and Human Services Performance Measurement and Evaluation

How are we addressing the crisis?

A successful homeless response system is centered in the principles of Housing First and Racial Equity, with a coordinated and regional response to the crisis of homelessness. Using data to drive decisions, we are working with urgency towards making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

We can achieve our vision through:

  • Reducing the number of people who experience homelessness by targeting our Prevention resources;
  • Reducing the number of people who need emergency shelter by utilizing Diversion strategies;
  • Providing immediate safety and a pathway to housing through Emergency Shelter;
  • Increasing the number of people who exit to permanent housing by targeting Permanent Supportive Housing for the most vulnerable and by maximizing Rapid Re-Housing.

Data in the homeless response system is collected through the King County Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).


What contributes to homelessness?


Understand the issue better. Explore our data dashboards.

How many households are accessing the system?
UPDATED MONTHLY

The Household Served dashboards show the number of households experiencing homelessness and receiving services in the homeless response system on the last day of a given month.

How well is the system meeting the need for services?
UPDATED ANNUALLY

The Crisis Response dashboards show the number of households entering and exiting the homeless response system each year. Explore Explore trends by subpopulation and across time.

How well is our system performing?
UPDATED QUARTERLY/ANNUALLY

The System Performance dashboards show the performance of the overall system as well as individual programs. Explore trends by subpopulation, program type, and across time.

How are rapid re-housing programs performing?
UPDATED QUARTERLY

The Rapid Re-Housing dashboards show how well and how quickly rapid re-housing is connecting participants to housing. Explore trends by program target population, race and ethnicity, and income.

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