This past year, from August 2016 - July 2017, Island County's Housing Support Center screened and assessed 531 households consisting of 1,108 individuals of which 429 were children. (39%)
The Island County Housing Support Center has been in operation for nearly a year.
They have established a coordinated entry program to assist people who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, looking for permanent shelter and to assist them with staying housed.
Their goals are:
- To create a one-window approach for people so they aren't caught in a referral cycle
- To prevent them from the need to shop around
- To track and provide accurate figures to our community in order to better understand the issue faced by our homeless neighbors on Whidbey and Camano Island
THINC will work closely with them once the tiny house community is ready for occupancy.
In the past year, August 2016 to July 2017:
246 households were at risk of homelessness
171 were literally homeless
89 were living with friends or family
25 were stably housed
9 households were housed by the Island County Housing Support Center
235 households were referred to other agencies to assist with their specific shelter needs, including being housed in a shelter/transitional housing situation, and provision of rental assistance
287 households are currently on the housing interest list
Where did they come from?
North Whidbey 360 (68%)
Central Whidbey 71 (13%)
South Whidbey 91 (17%)
Camano Island 5 (1%)
Off Island 4 (1%)