Homelessness State of Emergency

Wed, August 10, 2016,
10:00am to 11:30am PDT
Seattle, WA
Philanthropy Northwest Offices, 2101 Fourth Ave, Suite 650, Seattle, WA 98121

Funders from around the region are welcome to learn about specific ways funders can invest in addressing the homeless crisis in King County and hear highlights from a newly released report on the levers for significantly reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness in the region.

On Monday November 2, 2015, Seattle Mayor Murray and King County Executive Constantine issued declarations that homelessness is in a state of emergency in King County, and outlined local actions, including shelter, prevention and outreach. The State of Emergency includes new funding and realigns existing funding from Seattle and King County, raising the total from $80 million to $90 million in funding for homelessness. In December, the City of Seattle joined Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Eugene in forming a West Coast Mayor’s Alliance on homelessness and climate change. Other cities up and down the coast and over to Hawaii have since joined.

The Mayor and Executive also called on the state and federal government to rededicate their efforts to provide affordable housing, rebuild the safety net—particularly for behavioral health—and to expand homeless housing and services.

Funders have a unique opportunity to be of assistance in this crisis, but many don’t know the best way to help. Please join us for a conversation for funders led by Mark Putnam, director of All Home. Mark will share highlights from a report being released on this date that utilized System Wide Analytics and Projection (SWAP), a project of Focus Strategies and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The report includes recommendations on the three things that can be done in the region to create significant results toward decreasing the number of people experiencing homelessness. Our hope is that this conversation will help identify ways in which philanthropic resources can make investments in areas that government funds aren’t able to address. 

Related Resources

King County setting up single system to link the homeless with shelter (The Seattle Times, 6/29/16)


Video conferencing will be available. Please contact Anne Yoon at ayoon@philanthropynw.org if you'd like to join by video.