In 2014, the Seattle/King County area had the third largest population of homeless people in the United States according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Only New York and Los Angeles had more homeless people than Seattle among cities providing information. Despite the recent economic recovery, Seattle saw a 21% increase in homelessness during 2014. It is estimated that over the course of a year, at least 24,000 children, youth, women, and men in King County will experience homelessness.
On average, of those who are homeless, 15 percent are single adult women. This translates into approximately 3,600 single adult women who experienced homelessness at some point in the Seattle/King County area in 2014.
Going Beyond Homelessness
Transitional housing programs work because they address the root social and economic problems that contribute to homelessness. There are only about 100 transitional housing beds available for single women in the Seattle area – not nearly enough for the number of homeless women needing safety from the dangers of the streets.
The transitional housing provided by Elizabeth Gregory Home, which allows women to stay from a few months to two years, is an important step along the path to independence for homeless women. It gives them time to heal from the physical and emotional exhaustion of living on the streets and in emergency shelters. Transitional housing provides women who need it with the opportunity to access supportive services to address trauma or mental health issues, and to continue their recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Our transitional housing program provides women with the opportunity to become self-sufficient by finding work, or attending school or job training programs.