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Register for our Membership Meeting & ABD/HEN Training!

Join the Coalition on Thursday, April 18th at 9am for our monthly Membership Meeting! This month we’ll devote the 90 minutes to timely resources responding to our region’s behavioral health crisis. We’ll hear from North King County’s Regional Crisis Response and the countywide Crisis Care Center Levy Implementation Board on near-term resources and long-term plans to bring crisis response to those who need it.

Service Providers: join us, along with special guests from Solid Ground and Catholic Community Services for our ABD/HEN Training on Thursday, April 25th at 9am! Join us to learn how your clients with disabilities can access short-term cash and housing assistance while waiting for Social Security disability benefits. Our experts will review the application process, eligibility, how to avoid pitfalls, the appeals process, and answer your questions!

Join our Board of Directors – Spring 2024 Cohort!

We have extended the application deadline, apply by 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th, 2024.

The Coalition on Homelessness seeks new members to join our Board of Directors. We welcome applicants from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, and strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and people who have experienced homelessness or housing instability.

We expect applicants to fully support our mission and have the skills, time, and passion to help advance it.

Coalition on Homelessness sues Burien Over
Unconstitutional Ordinance

Represented by the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), the lawsuit charges the City of Burien with violating the Washington Constitution by adopting a vague and almost incomprehensible ordinance that criminalizes the status of being homeless, inflicts cruel and unusual punishment,
and deprives individuals of due process.

“It shouldn’t be a crime to be human and homeless,” said Alison Eisinger, Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness. “Burien is better than this. We want to repeal this unjust law that effectively bans homeless individuals from living in Burien. This law is the opposite of helpful.”

*A December 2021 report from King County’s Department of Community and Human Services estimates that about 40,300 people experienced homelessness through the course of 2020. This number is an estimate based on several sources, and corresponds with the general understanding that three times as many people go through the crisis of homelessness as are counted during the point in time count. The Coalition on Homelessness coordinated the “One Night Count” of people without homes or shelter as a community assessment and organizing project from 1979 through January 2016. Download a pdf of our poster showing the most recent decade of data (January 2007 through January 2016) we gathered.