Housing & Homelessness

The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) estimates that more than 8,000 people are homeless on any given night in King County. Three and a half million people experience homelessness each year in the U.S.; of those, 1.6 million are children.

Crisis Clinic is a leader in helping people find and keep housing. We do this by connecting people who currently experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, with the resources they need to find and keep a roof over their heads.

There are many organizations working together to end homelessness in King County. Learn more about community efforts to end homelessness and how you can help.

All Home

United Way of King County

SKCCH One Night Count Report

For additional resources in King County download our Housing and Emergency Services Brochures or search our database, 2-1-1 Community Resources Online.

Low-Cost Housing

If you are looking for low-cost or market-rate housing, please visit HousingSearchNW.org to find information on housing options throughout Washington State. Listings are categorized by county and city, as well as by neighborhood within the city of Seattle. Multiple search options are available, including:  senior housing, school district, rent range, and more. Properties with or without a waiting list are included.

Emergency Shelter

There are five types of shelters in King County:

  1. Family
  2. Single Men/Women
  3. Male/Female Couples
  4. Youth/Young Adult
  5. Domestic Violence

Family

Families experiencing literal homelessness or fleeing domestic violence who are in need of same day access to shelter can call the Family Emergency Shelter Access Line at (206) 245-1026 every day they are in need of shelter. Daily intake starts at 9:00am, but the number is 24-hours so there is no end time. If a shelter bed is available, families will be contacted by shelter providers throughout King County in the afternoon and evening. If you are unsure if your family is eligible, call 2-1-1 for more information.

Families experiencing literal homelessness who are parenting, pregnant, or in the process of reunification with their children, as well as families who are fleeing a domestic violence situation, can also call King County 2-1-1 for a telephone screening and to receive information on Coordinated Entry for All (CEA), a system that helps highly vulnerable homeless individuals and families connect to available housing resources in King County. If eligible, a CEA appointment can be scheduled for the family to meet with a Housing Assessor at a Regional Access Point (RAP). All RAP locations are child-friendly and are located close to public transit. During the appointment, Assessors will first help families identify possible housing options outside of CEA and help to connect them to housing support services and other available resources. In some cases a Housing Triage Tool will be conducted and the family will be added to the pool of applicants that are waiting for a homeless housing resource to become available through CEA. More information can be found at the CEA website: www.kingcounty.gov/cea. Please note that appointment availability is limited due to high demand.

Limited additional family emergency and transitional housing options may be available outside of these programs; please call King County 2-1-1 for more information.

Single Men/Women

Emergency shelters for single women or men without children serve clients who are ages 18 and older. An intake interview is usually required; most shelters do intake on a nightly basis. Some shelters maintain a waiting list when their program is full. Most shelters serve either women or men, but not both. A few shelters serve both men and women in different areas of the same building.

Some women and men’s shelters offer a large open space with mats on the floor, whereas others may be dormitory-style, where clients have their own private space for sleeping while sharing common areas such as a bathroom and living room with others who are staying in the shelter.

Single women or men who are staying in emergency shelter or on the streets may be eligible for triage through Coordinated Entry for All (CEA), a system that helps highly vulnerable homeless individuals and families connect to available housing resources in King County. Single adults can call King County 2-1-1 for a telephone screening and to receive information on CEA. If eligible, a CEA appointment can be scheduled to meet with a Housing Assessor at a Regional Access Point (RAP). More information can be found at the CEA website: www.kingcounty.gov/cea. Please note that appointment availability is limited due to high demand.

Male/Female Couples

While same-gender couples are able to access emergency shelters serving only women or men, emergency shelter resources that serve male/female couples together are extremely limited in King County. Some overnight emergency shelters serve men and women, but sleeping areas for each are in separate parts of the building. Additionally, male/female couples may be able to find overnight shelters in the downtown Seattle area that serve only women or only men; while not together, the two shelter programs may be located within a few blocks of one another.

Couples who are staying in emergency shelter or on the streets may be eligible for triage through Coordinated Entry for All (CEA), a system that helps highly vulnerable homeless individuals, couples and families connect to available housing resources in King County. Couples without kids can call King County 2-1-1 for a telephone screening and to receive information on CEA. If eligible, a CEA appointment can be scheduled to meet with a Housing Assessor at a Regional Access Point (RAP). More information can be found at the CEA website: www.kingcounty.gov/cea. Please note that appointment availability is limited due to high demand.

The Aloha Inn, a transitional housing program located in Seattle, is one of the few housing resources serving male/female couples in King County. More information and eligibility details for Aloha Inn can be found here.

Youth/Young Adult

Youth shelters generally serve adolescents ages 12-17 and provide counseling, reconciliation, and other services to ensure that youth are able to find a safe place to stay. A parent or guardian may need to provide consent for a youth to remain in a youth shelter program within the first few nights of their stay. Eligible youth should call the shelters directly to apply and get more information about the application process.

Young adult shelters generally serve clients ages 18-24, though some may accept clients up to age 29. In addition to a safe place to stay at night, these shelters provide resources and support services to help young adults find and obtain stable housing. When young adult shelters have more applicants than available spaces for the night, they may conduct a random drawing to determine who will be served. Eligible young adults should call the shelters directly to apply and get more information about their application process.

Young adults ages 18-24 who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of losing their housing within 14 days may also be eligible for Coordinated Entry for All (CEA). CEA triage for young adults is available at locations already providing homeless young adult services and resources, and at Regional Access Points (RAPs) throughout King County. Assessors providing triage will first help identify possible housing options outside of CEA and help with making connections to housing support services and other available resources. In some cases a Housing Triage Tool will be conducted and the youth/young adult will be added to the pool of applicants that are waiting for a homeless housing resource to become available through CEA. A schedule of CEA Access Points for Young Adults can be found on the King County CEA website here, or to schedule an appointment at a RAP location call 2-1-1. Please note that appointment availability is limited due to high demand.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence shelters serve women, with or without children—and some also serve men, with or without children—who are fleeing from an emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive relationship with an intimate partner. Domestic violence shelters have strictly-enforced policies to protect the confidentiality of their locations in order to ensure the safety of those who are accessing their services. In addition to nightly shelter, clients are connected with support services that may include counseling, legal assistance, housing, and more.

Families and individuals fleeing domestic violence may also call King County 2-1-1 for a telephone screening and to receive information on Coordinated Entry for All (CEA), a system that helps highly vulnerable homeless individuals, couples and families connect to available housing resources in King County. Individuals and families who are fleeing DV can call King County 2-1-1 for a telephone screening and to receive information on CEA. If eligible, a CEA appointment can be scheduled to meet with a Housing Assessor at a Regional Access Point (RAP). More information can be found at the CEA website: www.kingcounty.gov/cea. Please note that appointment availability is limited due to high demand.

For more information on emergency shelter in King County, go to 211 Community Resources Online and search “shelter” in the topic section, or call King County 2-1-1.