Homelessness: Myths and Facts
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Click on the myths to learn the facts.

Homelessness is a choice.

Homelessness is not a choice.

Major reasons that can lead to homelessness:

  • Job loss
  • Priced out of housing
  • Domestic violence

People who are homeless have addiction issues

Addiction is a serious problem for both housed and unhoused people.

Addiction is both, a cause AND a result of homelessness.

There is a serious lack of treatment beds in King County to help all who are asking.

People who are homeless are too lazy to go to work or to school

Homelessness is not a character flaw.

Surviving to stay alive without a home is a full-time job.

25% of people experiencing homelessness are employed.

Providing services only attracts more homeless.

The homeless are our neighbors.

Last place of residence (2019):

  • 84% Seattle/King County
  • 5% Out of State
  • 46% born in King County or had lived in King County for ten years or more