Last night, 3,117 people had no shelter in King County, a 14 percent increase from the 2,736 people volunteers counted living without shelter last year, according to the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness’s One Night Count.
Volunteers counted 2,392 unsheltered homeless people in Seattle, with about a third staying in cars or trucks. One Night Count does not include those staying in shelters or transitional housing.
The count is “an unmistakable call to action,” coalition executive director Alison Eisinger said in a news release. Volunteers described the situations they saw, including “a teenager sleeping in a doorway with a suitcase, a family-size tent under the roadway with a stroller parked outside, a man who proudly showed off the garden he made around the campsite,” Eisinger said.
Trained leaders and teams of volunteers were dispatched from 10 locations throughout King County to count every person they saw overnight. More information on how to help those without basic shelter is available at www.homelessinfo.org.