Today, All Home released the results of Count Us In (formerly One Night Count), its 2017 Point-in-Time count, which took place earlier this year. The study found 11,643 people experiencing homelessness in King County. The total includes 6,158 people sheltered in emergency shelters or transitional housing and 5,485 people living on the streets, sleeping in vehicles, tents, or encampments.
“This new data underscores that homelessness remains a community emergency,” said Seattle Metro Chamber President and CEO Maud Daudon. “The City of Seattle and King County must continue working together toward outcome-focused solutions, and we must continue to hold agencies accountable. Our region’s long-term success depends on ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to succeed and to access a thriving quality of life,” she said.
Following the release of Barbara Poppe’s “Path Forward” report, the Chamber, Starbucks, the Downtown Seattle Association, Visit Seattle, and the Alliance for Pioneer Square hosted a series of sold-out community forums on implementing the recommendations made in the Poppe report and the City’s Pathways Home Action Plan.
Daudon added, “The newly released results inspire us to continue these forums to ensure these issues get the attention they deserve. We will continue to ensure the voices experiencing homelessness and the businesses helping them are heard.”
Moving forward, the Chamber will continue advocating for the following principles approved by its Board of Trustees, which state that the City and County should work together to:
- Develop and invest in a person-centered crisis response system, giving highest priority to the health and safety of families with small children first, and then those who have the longest histories of homelessness and the greatest barriers to housing stability.
- Focus on data, carefully measuring which services are actually moving people from the street and into housing.
- Contract for performance, requiring organizations who receive taxpayer dollars to achieve measurable outcomes.
- Embrace the “housing first” philosophy, which moves people into housing quickly and without barriers to entry, while protecting the most vulnerable.
- Guarantee that any additional system funding is based on transitional need or on the provision of direct treatment services, and would only be supported after careful review of how existing funding would be budgeted.
About the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce engages the innovation and entrepreneurship of its 2,200 members to advance economic prosperity, advocate for a vital business environment, and build sustainable and healthy communities in the Seattle region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.