Commerce administers several state and federal fund sources that support homeless programs statewide including programs in the Office of Homeless Youth. We also manage the state’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to collect data and measure system performance.
Homelessness in Washington
Why is Homelessness Increasing? Homelessness has increased since 2013 in Washington state due to multiple factors, but overwhelmingly because growing rents are pushing people living at the margins into homelessness. Learn more.
Counts of Homelessness: Different Counts and What they Mean There are a few different ways Washington state counts the number of homeless individuals and families each year. You can learn more with this report.
Overview of the Homeless Housing System and Funding In every county in Washington, a statewide network of not-for-profit organizations houses more than 98,000 people facing homelessness each year. This paper will provide you with more information about our homeless system.
Homeless System Performance
Consolidated Homeless Grant
State homeless resources are combined into a single grant opportunity for county governments and other service providers. This approach supports an integrated system of housing assistance and provides resources to assist people who are experiencing homelessness obtain and maintain housing stability.
Office of Homeless Youth
Every night, thousands of homeless youth in Washington go to sleep without safety, stability, and support of a family or home. Our office leads statewide efforts to reduce and prevent youth homelessness through five priority service areas.
Homeless System Performance
Washington State Homeless System Performance Reports provide information on critical homeless system performance measures including several of the HEARTH Homeless System Performance Measures. The Homeless System Performance Reports also provide other contextual information about a community’s homeless crisis response system.
Point in Time Count
The Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act requires each county to conduct an annual one-day survey of people who are without permanent housing — both of those who are sheltered and unsheltered. The 2018 Point in Time Count (PIT) took place on January 25, 2018. The 2018 PIT Count results will be released in May 2018.
Continuum of Care
Continuum of Care is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Program to promote community-wide commitment and support to end homelessness. It provides grants to nonprofit agencies, state and local governments through an annual competition. Commerce works with 34 counties represented in the Balance of Washington State Continuum of Care Homeless Steering Committee, to submit a consolidated application for funding.