Why Basic Needs?
Seattle / King County has the third-largest homeless population in the U.S.
Having the basics can change everything.
For families with children experiencing homelessness, having the basics can change everything. Seattle/King County has the third-largest homeless population in the U.S. after New York and Los Angeles. As of 2018, the count of families with children experiencing homelessness is one of the fastest-growing and least-visible segments in the country.
An estimated 1 in 3 families is struggling to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry, and healthy.
Since many families work, they must decide between the cost of getting to work or a month’s supply of diapers (about $80-$100/month). Government assistance programs do not pay for diapers. The cost can increase because families may lack the opportunity to purchase or even store diapers in bulk. This means parents improvise to make diapers stretch further, changing diapers less often or attempting to clean and reuse disposable diapers, which are health and safety hazards.
We believe our work is critical to Seattle’s future generations. Access to basic needs allows children and adults to meet their potential. It can mean education, health and income — and overcoming homelessness.