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Outcome: Provide sufficient affordable housing for all King County residents

About this indicator

This indicator provides a yearly snapshot of homelessness in King County, based on the annual One Night Count. The One Night Count includes both a street count of people without any shelter and a survey of those in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs.

Key findings

  • Estimated number of people who are homeless in King County, street count: 2,759 (2010 One Night Count)
  • Estimated number of people who are homeless in King County, shelter and transitional housing count: 6,178 (2010 One Night Count)

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Last updated March 2010


Technical notes

Data provided by King County Department of Community and Human Services, Community Services Division, taken from the Seattle-King County One Night Count.

The number and type of programs reporting, as well as the fact that new programs open and others close, limits direct comparability from one year to the next. Changes in provider survey results from one year to the next are likely to be small, and more likely reflect programmatic changes than changes in who is in need of shelter and housing.

Comparisons with survey results before 2006 should be made with particular caution. The 2006 survey included a number of beds in transitional housing programs which had not been included in previous surveys. Also beginning in 2006, the One Night Count took place in January, rather than in October. For the complete list of emergency shelters and transitional housing programs in King County, refer to the Inventory of Homeless Units and Beds: Seattle/ King County.

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One Night Count: estimated number of people who are homeless in King County