One Night Count Finds Drop in Number of Homeless on King County Streets

Early Friday morning between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., a group of 973 volunteers from 14 King County cities participated in the annual One Night Count of the homeless.

This year there was good news to report on the homeless front.The 2011 count shows an 11% decrease compared to 2010 levels (see chart below). On the Eastside, 146 homeless people were counted consisting of 83 men, 22 women, 1 minor and 40 of unknown gender.

It looks like the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness is making progress. The plan, introduced in March 2005, was approved by the Metropolitan King County Council and endorsed by cities representing 85 percent of the county's population, as well as by dozens of social organizations and faith communities countywide.

According to, since 2006, partial funding for the One Night Count has been provided by the King County Committee to End Homelessness which is responsible for implementing our community's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. The Count helps to inform progress on the Plan, as well as provide insight into the dynamics of homelessness and inform strategies for solving it.

There are an estimated 6,000 people living in the King County's emergency shelters and transitional housing programs. The total number of homeless is 8,442+ when the numbers from the count are added.

The count is generally understood to represent the minimum number of homeless.

Thank you to Penny Sweet for sharing the photo above.