Beginning in March 2020, King County took the unprecedented step of moving over 800 people out of congregate shelters and placing them in hotel and motel rooms. Early anecdotal evidence suggests that this “unplanned experiment” has produced very positive results that offers hope, not only for public health, but for improving the social and economic outcomes of our most vulnerable community members. 

A UW research team, in partnership with King County, seeks to understand the impact of this resource-intensive intervention to inform future strategic responses to homelessness in King County.