03 Jul Message from the ED: July 2017
As you can see from our housing numbers, June has been a busy month with a lot of movement into housing! This is even more impressive when you stop to think we are living in one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation. In King County, the average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment is $1,266—an increase of 8% since 2014, and rising. That means a single parent must earn $27 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment and 43% of renters spend more than the recommended 30% of their income on housing.
In Bellevue it’s even more expensive. As of March, the median rent was $2,693 and the median home value was $783,000. We are seeing an increase in the number of women who are experiencing homelessness. Lack of affordable housing is the main reason.
One way we are attempting to effectively reach more women who are struggling to find affordable housing is through street outreach. This month, we launched our first Street Outreach and Engagement Program, thanks to new funding from United Way.
This past month we also received the results of the All Home Point-in-Time Count. The 2017 homeless count for King County is a 9% increase from 2016. The 2016 count was a 6% increase from 2015 and yes— you see the pattern, 2015 was an 8% increase from 2014. On the Eastside, there was an 8% increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness.
We, at The Sophia Way, will continue to serve these women and serve even more women as the numbers indicate an increasing need for our services. We thank you for supporting our work and showing our women that we are a community that cares and can make a difference.
Angela Murray, Executive Director