Homelessness Statistics


"Homelessness is a problem far from solved - and there has never been a more urgent time to address this great American tragedy." — Nan Roman, President, National Alliance to End Homelessness



One Night Count
The number of homeless people counted in Seattle, Federal Way and selected areas of King County in a single night in January 2015 increased 21 percent from the previous year. The survey tallied 3,772 people spending the night in vehicles, parks and other outdoor locations.

Did You Know?
  • Two trends are largely responsible for a rise in homelessness over the past 20 years: a shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty.

  • According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on a single night count in 2014 there were 216,261 people in families in the United States who were homeless, making up 37 percent of all homeless people counted.

  • The most common causes of homelessness for families include a lack of or reduced incomes, medical emergencies, and domestic violence.

  • Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women, also a key reason why families become separated from their extended support systems. Entering the homeless system, victims of domestic violence may have no financial resources and may lack credit, employment and housing histories.

  • Children in homeless families face disruptions in every part of their lives. Untreated health problems, academic setbacks, inappropriate behavior, developmental delays, anxiety, depression, and learning difficulties are all documented effects. These conditions too often fuel the next generation of homeless people.

  • Homelessness costs in many ways. Taxpayer dollars are spent caring for homeless people through expensive emergency services. Once housed, use of emergency services declines sharply, becoming less costly for society and better for the individual.

  • Job training and educational opportunities leading to living-wage jobs are essential to moving families out of homelessness.

  • Since 1993, more than 200 families have been helped by FUSION.

  • FUSION maintains an 85 percent success rate, measured by families completing the program and finding permanent housing.

  • It costs more than $12,000 a year to provide a home and support services for each family FUSION serves.

  • Homelessness can be eliminated, one family at a time. You can help.

How to Help
There are many ways FUSION can use your help in providing housing and support services to homeless families. As a nonprofit volunteer organization we gratefully welcome:


— Do you have a few hours to give, a professional service to donate, talent and expertise to share?
Get started here.

Join our fusion of community members helping homeless families become self-sufficient




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