Homelessness in Bellevue

As the City of Bellevue has grown in population and transitioned into a more urban environment, homelessness has become a more visible issue.

Root causes of homelessness include: lack of affordable housing, low-paying jobs, domestic violence, chronic health condition, substance abuse and mental health issues.

Homelessness is an issue that communities all across the United States are facing including Bellevue. 

Eastside Approach

The city and the broader Eastside community have been working together to address homelessness for many years. The strategies and tactics used are designed to be both compassionate and pragmatic. 

They include:

  • Identifying risk factors to help prevent individuals from falling into homelessness

  • Providing subsidized housing

  • Leveraging community partnerships in hosting rotating shelters

The goal is to prevent homelessness if possible and, when it does occur, to transition individuals back into stable housing as soon as possible.

The Numbers 

For years the Coalition on Homelessness led a “One Night Count” of people who are homeless and sleeping outside. In 2010, 141 individuals were recorded as unsheltered during the annual count.Count us in 2018

The most recent total in 2018, now known as “Count Us In,” recorded 393 individuals (East County region was expanded to also include Issaquah and Sammamish). In 2017 that number was 319, marking a 6 percent increase. The 2016 tally was 245. 

Since there were significant changes in count methodology for the 2016 Point-In-Time Count, caution is advised in noting trends from previous years. 2017 establishes a new baseline for homelessness statistics for King County.  

Do you need help?

Visit our resource page for individuals and families in need. 


Alex O'Reilly Human Services Manager




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