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 Winter Warning!

The King County Department of Community and Human Services is extending its expansion of 50 additional emergency shelter beds at the King County Administration Building in light of continued freezing temperatures and snow.

King County’s Severe Weather Shelter will be open Thursday night, January 16th, with expanded capacity for 50 people who identify as men. The Severe Weather Shelter is located at the King County Administration Building located at 500 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. The shelter serves people who identify as men, age 18 and older from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM.  People may go directly to the shelter, referral forms are NOT required. The shelter is an emergency, mat on floor shelter operated by Salvation Army staff.

For additional information, please email severeweatherhomelessresponse@kingcounty.gov or read on our blog, Cultivating Connections.

For additional resources, King County 2-1-1 connects people to the help they need. They provide the most comprehensive information on health and human services in King County. Whether it’s for housing assistance, help with financial needs, or to find the location of the nearest food bank.


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Building a vibrant community where everyone has a stable home.

The Housing, Homelessness and Community Development Division provides both services and programs to improve the community in King County.

Though HHCDD provides some direct-service that our King County residents can access directly through individual applications, this is only a small portion of our division. Housing and Homelessness primarily serves the public through our programs that award funds to community organizations and cities through contracts--making them the primary vehicle for our services.

Services for You and Your Family

The  Housing Planning and Development Program is responsible for considering the current and future housing needs for all people in King County. This includes preparing housing plans and mid- and long-range strategies.

This program works with King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review to implement affordable housing incentives and real estate services to acquire King County surplus land for affordable housing. 

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The Community Development program administers and implements non-housing projects that benefit low and moderate income residents of King County. Projects can range from:

  • Sidewalks and community facilities
  • Sewer and water main projects
  • ADA improvements
  • Microenterprise assistance
  • Park improvements
  • Minor home repair programs

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The Homeless Housing Program (HHP) facilitates human services to support housing stability and individual safety. HHP administers and oversees funding for housing stability and services programs in four broad categories:

  • Emergency and Short-term Housing
  • Homeless Prevention
  • Permanent Housing
  • Special Projects

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The King County Housing Finance Program (HFP) administers funds for the development and preservation of affordable housing throughout King County.

Partnerships are encouraged among local governments, public housing authorities, nonprofit housing developers, for-profit developers, and service providers in order to produce the greatest number of units for the most reasonable public investment, and to provide appropriate supportive services to residents with special needs.

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We provide funding for housing repair services to low-income homeowners and special needs renters in most parts of King County, located in Washington State. 

Our funding provides for repairs such as replacing your roof, installing a new septic system, repairs addressing emergency conditions, health and safety repairs or major building preservation issues within the single family owner occupied home.

For renters with a disability, we provide funding to make your unit more accessible.

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Phone 206-263-9105

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-5260