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Published: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Counting the faces of the homeless in Snohomish County



  • On Broadway in Everett, Roy W. Jones answers questions for the annual Snohomish County “Point in Time” homeless count last month. Jones, 4...

    Michael O’Leary / The Herald

    On Broadway in Everett, Roy W. Jones answers questions for the annual Snohomish County “Point in Time” homeless count last month. Jones, 42, had been spending nights at the Everett Gospel Mission.

Since 2005, Snohomish County and the Homeless Policy Task Force, a community group representing agencies working to prevent homelessness, have conducted an annual “Point in Time” homeless count. The effort is a federal requirement for federal and state funds coming to Snohomish County to fight homelessness. Methods of conducting the one-day tally have evolved. The numbers have fluctuated over eight years. What hasn't changed is that in every year of the Point in Time count, more than 2,000 people in Snohomish County have been found to be homeless.

Annual Snohomish County homeless counts

Because of changes in the ways the count is conducted, only 2009-12 figures can be compared "apples to apples," according to Ken Stark, director of the Snohomish County Human Services Department.
Homeless people2,6262,6662,1542,3562,3622,2732,382
Homeless households1,8201,3521,1941,4691,3351,3851,401
Homeless children under 18717890625849862760829
Homeless veterans  699478104115
Homeless domestic violence victims  88270328326381
People in shelters and transitional housing  1,1981,2461,4031,3521,336
Households in shelters and transitional housing     672662
People unsheltered and on the streets  956607615587723
Households unsheltered and on the streets     493541
People precariously housed, doubled-up or couch-surfing   503344334323
Households precariously housed, doubled-up or couch-surfing     220198

Learn more about homelessness, or lend a hand

Snohomish County Office of Housing and Community Development and the Office of Community and Homeless Services
Cocoon House (youth)
Housing Hope
Everett Gospel Mission
Salvation Army-Everett Corps
Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington

Story tags » Social IssuesHomelessness

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