2016 Results

2016 Street Count Results

The 36th annual One Night Count of homeless people in King County took place in the early hours of Friday, January 29, 2016. The Coalition organized more than 1100 volunteers who fanned out across the county to count the number of men, women and children who were homeless and sleeping outdoors without shelter between 2:00 and 5:00 a.m. They counted people trying to survive in cars and tents, riding late night buses, or curled up in blankets under bridges or in doorways. That same night, staff at agencies that operate shelters and transitional housing programs recorded select information about the people staying in their programs. Staff at the Homeless Housing Program of King County’s Community Services Division compile these data. 


At least 4,505 men, women, and children were without shelter during the three hour street count. This number is an increase of 19% over those found without shelter last year. This number is always assumed to be an undercount, because we do not count everywhere, and because many people take great care not to be visible.

Hundreds of volunteers helping with the count found people in sleeping in doorways, beneath overpasses, in their vehicles, in alleys, or walking around, in the communities of Auburn, Bellevue, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, SeaTac, Seattle, Shoreline, Skyway, Tukwila, Vashon Island, White Center, Woodinville, and parts of unincorporated King County.

The reasons people are without shelter vary. Lack of affordable housing, poverty, unemployment, untreated mental illness or addiction, and domestic violence all contribute to homelessness. 

ONC 2016 Street Count