For children experiencing homelessness, having the basics can change everything.
We live in Seattle, home to some of the world’s richest and poorest — a place where the rate of people experiencing homelessness is the third-largest in the United States behind Los Angeles and New York.*
Per Seattle / King County Point-In-Time Count, there are a total of 12,112 individuals experiencing homelessness in Seattle/King County on January 26, 2018. As rents spike and access to affordable housing becomes increasingly difficult, the number of families with children living in their cars, tent cities, encampments, and shelters is increasing as well. Per the Point-In-Time report:
2,683 are individuals in families with children experiencing homelessness in King and Snohomish counties.
To make matters worse, parents express they are struggling to meet the basic needs of their children. In survival mode, they’re having to decide should they’re paycheck go toward the cost of transportation to get to work, for food to feed their family, for a motel stay or to pay for a month’s worth of diapers to keep their baby clean and happy. Meanwhile, the two biggest programs that assist families, SNAP (food stamps) and WIC, do not provide diaper support.
How Do We Tackle the Basic Needs Gap?
As Seattle tries to tackle the problem of homelessness on nearly every level, we believe in keeping it simple. A simple solution focused on providing basic needs can literally change everything.
Given the documented barriers that exist for families experiencing homelessness without a safety net of supports and resources, we cut through the red tape, bureaucracy, and waitlist to prioritize the child.
Our ability to distribute basic necessities immediately and directly to our families in conjunction via a partner network is what makes our non-profit truly unique.
When families are able to meet the basic needs of their children, they realize their potential, develop a sense of self-worth, and better nurture their children emotionally, economically, and socially. More importantly, they’re able to focus on higher order needs, including navigating housing and employment and other added services.
Coleman, V. (2017, December 7). King County homeless population third-largest in