How Well is the Homeless Response System Meeting the Need for Services?

We want to understand the system’s ability to meet the demand for services from the number of households experiencing homelessness in King County. Many variables, including the availability of affordable housing, economic, educational, and health inequities, and with structural racism, affect whether and when a household might fall into homelessness. When the number of households entering the homeless response system is higher than the number of those exiting it, we expect to see the number of households experiencing homelessness and receiving services increase. The wider the gap is between entries and exits – with fewer households becoming homeless and more households ending their experience of homelessness – the better our system will be able to support households in need.

Important Note: King County confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on February 26, 2020; local and statewide orders prohibiting large gatherings to mitigate spread were issued shortly thereafter. Our dashboards show that the number of households entering the system in 2020 was lower than the number of those exiting it – reversing the trend observed in the last several years. Read our Data Review to learn about the primary drivers of this shift and other changes to the homeless response system during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Prepared by King County Department of Community and Human Services Performance Measurement and Evaluation

Explore Our Data Dashboards

Households Served

How many households are accessing the system?

Crisis Response

How well is the system meeting the need for services?

System Performance

How well is our system performing?

Rapid Re-Housing

How are rapid re-housing programs performing?

Additional Data and Reports

Coordinated Entry for All

A matching service that connects people experiencing homelessness with available housing that meets their needs.

Point-in-Time Count

An estimate of the number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. Note that this is widely understood to be an undercount.

Research Reports

Reports include annual evaluations of Coordinated Entry for All, data reviews, and analyses.

How we’re working to reduce homelessness.

What we’ve accomplished and where we’re going.