Politics Counting the Homeless
The Seattle King County Coalition for the Homeless (SKCCH) did their annual count last night, with 550 volunteers fanning out across the county to tally the number of people sleeping on the streets.
They found 1946 people—a drop from last year’s 2200. However, last year’s count was done in October—before 200 winter emergency beds were open. Those beds were being used last night. So, SKCCH estimate that the number of homeless people hasn’t changed much since last year.
They also noted a trend that began last year—an uptick in the number of homeless in Ballard.
Another note from last night: A decrease in the numbers in Beacon Hill’s “Jungle”—the forest land homeless turf adjacent to I-5.