It’s been nearly four years since Seattle declared a state of emergency over our city’s homelessness crisis.
In that time, we’ve learned there’s not one profile of a person who’s struggling with housing security in our city. They could be a former Olympian. Or the person washing your dishes. Or a veteran who’s been endlessly shuffled through the system.
Some of the most difficult folks to reach are those facing long-term homelessness while also dealing with physical or mental health issues. During this year’s count of the local homeless population, approximately 2,200 individuals were estimated to be chronically homeless in King County.
Our series on chronic homelessness examines the causes to this crisis, as well as some potential solutions and a few ways we can all take action. Click on the individual stories below to read more.