Homelessness has many causes and many solutions with different organizations working on the problem. The following are links to information, organizations and data to equip the community to be more effective and accurate in how we work together to end homelessness.
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Welcome Home Tent Cities March 2014 A review of legal and other issues around tent cities in different parts of the country
Wikipedia on homelessness
A wide ranging article written and edited by many people and includes an international and historical perspective (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness) and a Seattle perspective on homelessness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_Seattle).
National Alliance to End Homelessness
A national coalition to end homelessness with a vast library of research on causes and solutions to homelessness. It is strongly in support of housing first as a solution. This model suggests that absent a place to live all other problems individuals and families have are exacerbated and become more costly and difficult to resolve. (www.endhomelessness.org)
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) works collaboratively to ensure the safety and survival of people who are homeless, and to end the crisis of homelessness in our region. (www.homelessinfo.org)
- 2012 One Night Street Count summary is the results of a point in time, one night count of King County homeless who are not indoors.
- Trending 2006 – 2011 One Night Count is a chart showing King County trending during this period for indoor shelters, transitional housing and outside homeless.
Committee to End Homelessness
Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) is a broad coalition of government, faith communities, nonprofits, the business community and homeless and formerly homeless people working together to implement the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County. (www.cehkc.org)
Washington State Coalition for the Homelessness
Since 1984, the Washington State Coalition for the Homeless has taken the lead in advocacy, training and education on issues of homelessness in Washington State. WSCH compiled a list of resources to help individuals and families facing homelessness get connected to the right services. (www.endhomelessnesswa.org/resources/counties/18/)
Metropolitan King County Benchmark Program
Metropolitan King County Countywide Planning Policies 2008 Benchmark Program takes a look at the problem of homelessness from the standpoint of availability of affordable housing.