Critics have long raised concerns that [the point-in-time count] method can lead to undercounting the actual population without stable housing. Seattle is trying a supplemental approach to the counts and using the data to help with a new effort to get people help through what’s known as The Housing Command Center.
POLICY AND INFRASTRUCTURE
The King County Regional Homelessness Authority’s new program is tapping people who have experienced homelessness to help currently homeless people get off the street and into long-term, stable housing.
A comprehensive incentive package for private landlords will help make additional housing units available to those experiencing homelessness by reducing or eliminating standard tenancy screening criteria, matching ready-to-rent tenants with vacant units, and addressing concerns that landlords may have about renting to a person who previously experienced homelessness.
Modeled on the federal government’s response to natural disasters, the Housing Command Center is significantly speeding up the process of getting people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing.