Emergency and Short-Term Housing
King County Homeless and Housing Program funds organizations that provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, and rapid rehousing through competitive funding processes.
Emergency shelter is temporary housing for homeless individuals living outside or in places not meant for human habitation. In general, emergency shelters address the basic health, food, clothing and personal hygiene needs of the households and refer them to supportive services and permanent housing. Emergency shelters are indoors and may range from mats on the floor in a common space to beds in individual units.
Transitional housing is short-term or temporary housing for families needing intensive or deeper levels of support services to attain permanent housing. Length of stay in transitional housing is flexible and tailored to the unique needs of each household. Transitional housing comes in a variety of facility-types, ranging from congregate- style living to scattered site apartments.
Rapid rehousing is designed to help households to quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing. Core components of rapid rehousing include housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, and case management services. Rapid rehousing assistance is offered without preconditions and services are tailored to the unique needs of the household.