About Us

Forty years of advocating, educating, organizing, and taking action.

The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness formed in 1979, when local shelter providers, city staff, advocates, and others who witnessed homelessness came together in an attempt to serve people better and draw attention and resources to a growing crisis.

Mission: We mobilize our community to challenge systemic causes of homelessness and advocate for housing justice.

Vision: A region that acts on a shared sense of responsibility to ensure that everyone has a home.

Values: Equity, Collective Action, Justice

  • Equity: To center race in the fight for housing justice, as white supremacy and structural racism cause disparities in who experiences homelessness.
  • Collective Action: To collaborate, unite, and act to build power.
  • Justice: To uphold the dignity and civil rights of people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

The Coalition on Homelessness’ organizational members include agencies and community groups that provide emergency shelter and services, transitional housing, and permanent, supported housing to the roughly 27,000 men, women, and children who are homeless in King County during one year. Local government departments, public housing authorities, professional associations, religious congregations and social action committees, and advocacy groups are also members of the Coalition, as are people who were or are homeless.

We do not provide direct services or housing.

While the Coalition does not provide housing or direct services, there are other resources nearby, including Coalition member organizations.

For information about direct services, consult 2-1-1 Community Resources Online 
or call 2-1-1 or (206) 461.3200 // Toll Free 800.621.4636 // TDD 206.461.3610