Starting with the premise that housing is a basic human need and every human should have a safe place to live, Partnership for Zero is an extraordinary collaboration to dramatically reduce unsheltered homelessness in targeted areas of King County.

The initial demonstration project has launched in Downtown Seattle and the Chinatown/International District, made possible through support from the Lived Experience Coalition, the City of Seattle, King County, and a public-private partnership with King County’s business and philanthropic communities.

Partnership for Zero involves… 

  • Unifying and coordinating resources through a Housing Command Center to focus our efforts on unsheltered homelessness in a specific geographic area
  • Building a By-Name List with detailed information about what each individual needs to move to stability 
  • Identifying and building the necessary housing infrastructure to effectively respond to the needs of people living unsheltered 
  • Employing trained System Advocates together with partners in outreach to provide individualized, trusted support for people experiencing homelessness as they navigate social services and the path to permanent housing
  • Streamlining the process of moving people into housing that matches their needs
  • Maintaining the infrastructure necessary to immediately respond to new people who are pushed into homelessness

The definitions of “functional zero” and “By Name List” are on our Definitions page.

Visit our coalition partners at We Are In to learn about support from leading local philanthropies and businesses.

Learn more about the Housing Command Center (HCC) or sign up to observe an HCC tactical meeting.

If you are a landlord who would like to be a part of our effort, please contact to learn more about our landlord incentive package.

For general inquiries, please email