Homelessness In Auburn: Addressing a Regional Issue Locally
Task Force on Homelessness
Town Hall: Homelessness
A Complex Challenge
- According to the 2020 All Home Count Us In point in time count held in January 2020, there are approximately 1,115 unsheltered homeless adults in southwest King County (area includes Algona, Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Milton, Normandy Park, Pacific, Renton, SeaTac, Tukwila, Vashon Island, and unincorporated areas ). Up from 1,084in 2019.
- The Auburn School District reports that there are about 300 homeless students in the district each year.
- Auburn's homeless population has increased over 20% since 2014.
- Seventy percent (70%) of King County's homeless are in Seattle, 20% is in southwest King County.
- A total of 11,751 individuals experiencing homelessness were counted in January 2020. Forty-seven percent (47%) of the population was unsheltered, living on the street, in parks, encampments, vehicles, or other places not meant for human habitation. (Learn more about homelessness in King County)
What does homelessness look like in Auburn?
Homeless Children & Youth
Each year data is collected by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) on homeless children and youth enrolled and served by districts in Washington State. This is the data reported regarding children and youth served by Auburn School District.
Current data shows the majority of homeless persons in Auburn are male.
Current data shows the majority of homeless persons contacted in Auburn have been homeless for a year or more.
The majority of homeless persons contacted in Auburn are actively accepting referrals for services and working towards a life out of homelessness.
In Their Shoes
In 2017, the City of Auburn, in partnership with Valley Cities Mental Health, opened an overnight shelter. The Sundown overnight shelter is managed by The Auburn Food Bank and has capacity for about 60 persons to sleep safely sheltered. It is co-located with the Ray of Hope day resource center, the Auburn Community Resource Center and other services to assist persons in need.
Ray of Hope Resource Center
There are many resources in Auburn to assist those in need. The map below shows the majority of agencies that are providing these much needed services. Click on each point locator for more information on each agency.
Low Income Housing Repair Program
The City of Auburn also offers low-income city residents grants for emergency home repairs. These grants, provided by the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) help Auburn's low-income homeowners preserve and stay in safe and affordable housing. In 2018, the City of Auburn completed over 100 repair projects. Repairs included roof repairs, water heater replacements, leak repair and many other small projects to ensure safe and healthy living spaces for low income residents.
The Geography of Homelessness
A look at some of the encampments found recently in Auburn and what is being done to move unsheltered persons living in unhealthy, unstable and dangerous situations into safer, healthier places.