Homeless Crisis Response System
Thousands of people in need utilize the homeless crisis response system every month.
Homelessness affects people of all races, but most minority groups experience it more than White residents.
Not all individuals connecting to the homeless crisis response system each year are in need of additional housing services.
The County's Coordinated Entry process matches individuals to housing project vacancies based on a prioritization assessment and refers individuals to the project that suits them best. The majority of referrals are for Rapid Re-Housing services, which comprise a large portion of the homeless crisis response system and the County's expenditures. In contrast, Permanent Supportive Housing is meant to house individuals for longer periods of time and therefore has fewer project vacancies each year.
The Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness identified selected populations with unique needs that disproportionately experience homelessness and may benefit from targeted strategies to end their homeless crises.
The COVID-19 pandemic produced a unique set of public health challenges and exacerbated national crises that existed long before the coronavirus, especially around homelessness and affordable housing. With expanded capacity for emergency shelters and other housing solutions, historic investments were made in Pierce County to address the growing homelessness crisis.
In 2022, Pierce County spent $28.5M on addressing homelessness in the County.
Short-term assistance for long-term solutions
"We are targeting functional zero – a state where any person starting a new homeless episode has immediate access to shelter and a permanent housing intervention."-Pierce County's Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness
Since 2015, thousands of people have successfully exited homelessness into permanent housing.
Many variables affect homelessness, making it important to collect the numbers and characteristics of people experiencing homelessness and information about services provided to them.
- Mental and physical health
Street Outreach Placement
Emergency shelter isn't for everyone.
Typical Stay in Temporary Housing
Homelessness disproportionately impacts people of color.
- Youth under 18 years old