TheSeattle/King County Coalition on Housing recently conducted the “OneNight Count,” which seeks to identify the number of unsheltered people inKing County by taking counts in thirteen different cities in King County. Thisyear marked the 32nd “One Night Count” and had over 800 participants. This year’s count showed an increase in the total numberof unsheltered people up by 6% with a total of 2,594 individuals attempting tosurvive in tents, cars, blankets and other conditions.
The count for the number of individuals residing in shelters, emergency housing,and transitional housing has not yet been finalized for this year. The number of individuals who are homeless in King County has continued to grow over the last six years with shelters in King County reaching capacity every night. Note that even individuals who are able to secure a sleeping space at a shelter during the night, typically an overnight mat or cot, are typically receiving the shelter during the night only. Approximately 64% of shelters are only available during the night to single adults meaning that they are left without any protection from the elements for the remainder of the day.
For more information on this event as well as other information regarding homelessness in King County, please go to: http://homelessinfo.org/ With an increasing number of individuals on the streets, it is clear that pro bono programs are critical.