Why Are People Homeless?

Many factors contribute to homelessness, including low wages, lack of affordable rental housing, domestic violence, job loss, substance abuse, and mental health issues.

  • Housing unaffordability: To afford the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Redmond, you need to make $34.50 per hour. Or if you make the minimum wage, you’d have to work 115 hours per week (that's almost 3 full time jobs).

  • Lack of mental health and substance abuse services: States with less support for mental health services are associated with higher rates of homelessness. Washington ranks just above average (22nd) in the nation for access to mental health services.

  • Youth homelessness: 1 in 4 local youth become homeless within one year of aging out of foster care. 25% of homeless youth are kicked out of the home because of their sexual orientation.

  • Domestic violence: 80% of homeless mothers with children are victims of domestic violence.

What is it like to live on the edge?

Experience what it might be like to try to make ends meet and avoid homelessness in this poverty simulator.

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