Our approach was developed through deep community engagement, resulting in 10 recommendations that guide our work.
- Institute a system-wide theory of change
- Consolidate response systems under one regional authority (the RHA)
- Be accountable to people with lived experience of homelessness
- Prioritize economic stability to reduce inflow into homelessness
- Improve outcomes through better data
- Design intake processes that are connected, person-centered, and radically accessible
- Expand physical and behavioral health options for people experiencing homelessness
- Create a public/private partnership using a funders collaborative model (We Are In)
- Increase access to 0-30% AMI housing
- Create long-term institutional alignment across systems
Learn more about each of these recommendations in the report.
Our Theory of Change
If we create a homeless response system that centers people with lived experience, then we will be able to focus on responding to needs and eliminating inequities, in order to end homelessness for all.
Unify and coordinate
The RHA is consolidating homelessness response for King County, the City of Seattle, and other cities that choose to participate, in order to ensure alignment and efficiency in funding, administration, and resource deployment.
The RHA is action-oriented, with a focus on learning and making adjustments as we go.
Racial Equity and Social Justice
Homelessness disproportionately harms people of color, so we explicitly take racial equity into account. The RHA uses an equity-based decision making framework to proactively dismantle structural racism and advance equity.
Good management depends on using the best available data to drive decisions. In addition to the HMIS dashboards, the RHA is developing a By Name List with specific information about who is homeless, where they are, which service providers they have interacted with, and what they need.
Partnership for Zero
Supported by a public-private partnership, we are using an emergency management framework to work towards achieving “functional zero” homelessness on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. Learn more.
Housing First is a proven, evidence-based approach. Housing First recognizes that housing, and the security and stability it offers, is necessary to address any other underlying medical, mental health, or addiction issues someone may be facing, and is also necessary to support employment, education, and other efforts towards self-sufficiency.
Regional Action Framework
The Regional Action Framework provides and overview and recommendations for coordinated public and philanthropic efforts to address homelessness. It articulates a clear vision and priorities, recommends policies, strategies and actions, and establishing measures for success. However, it is not an implementation plan for the RHA.
The framework is not a static document. While the framework’s development was a critical milestone in our community’s journey, to be successful we must be diligent and disciplined in our process, dynamic in our planning and rigorous in our efforts to measure progress. We will remain nimble and flexible enough to revisit the framework as needed to make mid-course corrections as needed.
The framework balances on the “3 legs of a stool,”:
- Creation and implementation of a King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) to consolidate funding and policy regarding homeless crisis response activities across Seattle and King County, and to provide an accountability mechanism for community-wide action and alignment.
- Development of an External Partners Group (coordinated by Building Changes and now known as We Are In) to ensure that community leaders in business, philanthropy, those who have lived experience with homelessness, and advocates can coordinate and align with the KCRHA to cultivate, share, and promote solutions to homelessness.
- Design of a Framework for Regional Action, a shared vision and priorities, sufficiently resourced, with specific strategies and actions that work for the whole community.