Homelessness in Pierce County

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Homeless Crisis Response System Data

How many people utilize the homeless crisis response system each year? How many have successfully exited homelessness into permanent housing? Are there differences across race, gender and age when talking about housing placement rate? 

Answer these questions and more by reviewing our homeless crisis response system data.
  1. Who experiences homelessness?
  2. Where do people experiencing homelessness live?
  3. Types of Shelters

While families, children and youth are all affected, most of the people who experience homelessness are single adults. The reality is that there is no such thing as a 'typical' person experiencing homelessness. No one is absolutely safe from experiencing homelessness.

The personal circumstances that may lead to homelessness are many, and can afflict people from virtually every community. People become unhoused when individual and family problems become insurmountable. This may include catastrophic events; loss of employment; family break up; family violence; onset of mental and/or other debilitating illnesses; substance use by oneself or family members; a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse; and, involvement in the child welfare system.

Based off Point-In-Time Count data, the most common reasons people in Pierce County say they experience homelessness is due to a family crisis and not enough affordable housing. Using that same data, we also know that over 70% of people experiencing homelessness in Pierce County are from Pierce County. When people become homeless, they often stay near the community they're used to.