Unsheltered homeless won’t be counted in Seattle this year

SEATTLE (AP) — This year will be the first since at least 1980 there won’t be a count of people living outside in Seattle. The homeless census happens every January and provides a snapshot of how many people are living outdoors and in shelters within King County. The federal government requires every U.S. county to perform the count every two years, but King County has done it every year since before that mandate. Last month, The Seattle Times reports U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development granted permission to King County to not conduct the count over concerns around exposing volunteers and people being counted to the coronavirus.