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Chuck and Missy

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The TRUTH about Homelessness

  • Poverty is the leading cause of homelessness, NOT mental illness or substance abuse.
  • In King County, nearly 9000 individuals are without a place to call home. More than 23,000 individuals are facing homelessness in Washington.
  • While food banks help fight against hunger, they are under-utilized by the homeless because of lack of transportation and cooking facilities.
  • 1 in 5 homeless individuals are women.
  • 15% of the homeless are families.
  • Wait lists for low-income housing in King County can exceed two years.
  • Shelters are not always the best option due to overcrowding, the rampant spread of disease, violence, unsanitary conditions, and drug activity.
  • There is only limited shelter space available for married couples and pet owners.