One Seattle Homelessness Action Plan Releases Second Quarter Data Updates
The One Seattle Homelessness Action Plan and the city’s Public Dashboard have released their second quarter data updates, with new information on tent and RV camps, projects shelter and housing and public safety incidents related to homelessness. It is available at seattle.gov/homelessness.
Launched in May by Mayor Bruce Harrell, the One Seattle Homelessness Action Plan website provides a transparent and interactive framework detailing his administration’s approach to the issue of homelessness and offers new data that had not been previously collected or published up to the beginning of this year.
In the first six months of 2022, more than 700 shelter referrals have been made as part of a coordinated outreach effort that includes the city’s HOPE team, the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA), and many non-profit partners. The city continues to prioritize shelter offerings for homeless people experiencing homelessness and, in partnership with KCRHA, has worked to increase site awareness ahead of planned camp moves.
As of mid-2021, more than 80 of the parks and natural areas operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation have been closed or impacted by unauthorized encampments. Today, more than 450 of the more than 489 spaces (93%) are fully open and accessible to the public for their intended use.
Q2 Data Update Highlights
New snapshot data:
The number of verified tents increased from 763 when the website launched in May to 814 in June.
The number of verified RV camps was 225 in May, a tally that only included sites with five or more vehicles. As of June, the number of RV campsites with any number of vehicles is 426, with about half of those sites having fewer than five vehicles.
These numbers reflect a more accurate baseline assessment of the number of sites in the city and are not an indication of an increase in the number of homeless people experiencing homelessness. The changes for these data points are due to a combination of changes in data collection, increased awareness of sites that were not previously identified, reductions due to site closures and referrals to shelters, and new sites that have been identified as our data collection processes are refined. and duplicates are removed from the City’s database.
This data gives the city’s Unified Care team an assessment of the extent of homelessness throughout the city and a comprehensive geographic map of known site locations.
New shelter and supportive housing data and revised metrics:
As of April, the City had identified 1,300 shelter and supportive housing units that were either in the initial planning phase, under construction, or will open for use sometime in 2022. In this update, we have identified 545 additional units, bringing the total to 1,845 units that will open in 2022, 2023 and beyond. This puts the City within 155 units of the identified goal of 2,000 shelter and supportive housing units by the end of the year.
New public safety data:
Through June 30, there have been 5,715 emergency medical response calls to people experiencing homelessness, an increase from 3,707 in the first four months of 2022. This represents an increase from an average from 31 calls per day to 32 calls per day.
There have been 855 fires in tent/RV camps through June 30, an increase from 608 fires in the first four months of 2022. That remains an average of five per day.
Through June 30, 71 shots were fired or were fired near a known camp site, or when the victim or assailant is homeless. As of April 30, there had been 53 incidents of shooting or shooting. This represents a slight decrease to an average of 3 per week from 3.5 per week.
Encampments continue to be disproportionately represented in public safety emergencies in the city. Safety and health emergencies in the encampments continue to put additional strain on an already stretched public safety system.
Driven by data, the One Seattle Homeless Action Plan will continue to outline the city’s priorities and actions to move toward our goals of bringing people indoors, creating places to lives and to develop innovative and regional solutions to ensure sustainable progress.