Partnership for Zero to Address Homelessness Downtown
Launched in early 2022, the Partnership for Zero is an innovative public-private collaboration committed to dramatically reducing homelessness in targeted areas of King County. Made possible through a historic investment from our region’s philanthropic and business communities, the effort will focus first on downtown Seattle, where the concentration of people in need is highest and most acute.
The implementation of this targeted and sustainable approach follows DSA’s calls in 2021 for the King County Regional Homelessness Authority to create a downtown-focused plan to bring the more than 800 people experiencing homelessness downtown inside and get them on a stable path toward long-term or permanent housing.
Led by the KCRHA, the Partnership for Zero approach is based on an emergency-management framework that prioritizes system integration and the coordinated resource deployment necessary to intentionally and methodically engage the unsheltered population downtown and address their unique needs by pairing them with appropriate services and resources.
The partnership funding will allow for the hiring and management of a right-sized workforce of trained incident responders and peer navigators — individuals with lived experience themselves — that are able to do the difficult work of caring for people in need and providing longitudinal support throughout their entire journey toward stability and beyond.
Once the plan’s initial goals are realized, the KCRHA will sustain progress by maintaining the infrastructure to rapidly respond to new individuals experiencing homelessness downtown while also methodically moving on to other areas of the region in need.