Health Through Housing
A regional approach to address chronic homelessness
The Health Through Housing Initiative is a regional approach to address chronic homelessness at a countywide scale. By the end of 2022, King County will partner with local jurisdictions to create up to 1,600 emergency housing and permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Onsite 24/7 staffing will include case management, employment counseling, and access to health and behavioral health services.
By acquiring existing facilities, such as former hotels, nursing homes, and other similar properties, HTH immediately creates housing units that are dignified, protective, and service enriched. King County is committed to working with local cities and communities to identify suitable properties, and then participate in planning and community engagement together.
How it works:
Health through Housing, introduced by Executive Constantine in his 2020 Budget Speech, dedicates one tenth of a cent of sales tax revenues for the purchase of hotels, motels and other single room settings for use as emergency and permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness in King County.
The King County Council approved the initiative and the implementation of the funding. The sales tax was made possible by the Washington State Legislature to create a dedicated fund source to help in addressing the crisis of homelessness.
Learn more by reading our Frequently Asked Questions.
The hotel, located at 1150 Oakesdale Avenue Southwest in Renton, was constructed in 1998 and contains 110 units and sits on approximately 3.88 acres. The site has one three-story structure, one building for storage, and parking areas. Each room has a kitchenette, full bathroom, a bed and a small seating area.
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King County has purchased the former Clarion Inn in Auburn, the fifth hotel purchase through the Health through Housing Initiative.