Homelessness

As part of King County’s All Home Initiative, the City is focused on making homelessness rare, brief and one-time. The reality is that it’s a very complex challenge - both for those who become homeless as well as for communities in which they reside.

By coming together as a community we can make real progress in meeting this challenge. It will take the engagement and collective action of everyone in the community doing everything they can to address this crisis.

Homelessness Is a Crisis

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Hepatitis A

People working with individuals experiencing homelessness and those in public spaces are advised by Public Health Seattle & King County to be aware of the potential for Hepatitis A. A fact sheet on disinfecting surfaces is available here, and information on Hepatitis A in multiple languages here.

Legal Protections for Tenants

State law now makes it illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants and would-be tenants based on their source of income. What does this mean?

  • Landlords cannot refuse to rent to you because your income comes from Social Security, Veteran’s benefits, retirement, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD). 
  • They cannot refuse to rent to you because you will pay your rent with a Section 8, Share Aspire, or Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) voucher. 
  • They cannot charge you more rent than someone who does not get benefits or tell you the unit is not available when it is. 

Learn more about these new regulations. If you think that you have been discriminated against based on your source of income, you can log your concern with the City's Code Enforcement Office.