Project SHARE (Senior Homelessness Action, Resources, and Education)
King County’s homeless population is rising. In recent years, One Night Counts of the unsheltered homeless population have shown a 40% growth. In 2015, the One Night Count found that 14.6% of the homeless population were age 55 or older. The danger of seniors sliding into homelessness in large numbers is increasing as the baby boom generation ages in a period of high unemployment, reduced “safety-net” benefits, astounding increases in apartment rental prices, and high costs of home ownership.
Through Project SHARE (Senior Homelessness Action, Resources, and Education), Wallingford Community Senior Center, in partnership with Pike Market Senior Center, is leading five senior centers across King County who are interested in improving their knowledge, skills, and services with older adults experiencing homelessness. This project addresses senior centers’ challenges and concerns regarding services for homeless seniors. SHARE’s goal is to help senior centers avoid time-consuming pitfalls when someone needs immediate shelter. This project gives staff a set of proven tools that support the work with this vulnerable population.
Project SHARE is a partnership with Pike Market Senior Center, with funding from United Way of King County.