What is the definition of Homeless?
According to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), a person is considered homeless if they are:
- Fleeing Domestic Violence
- Sleeping in an area or structure not meant for human habitation (e.g. outside, vehicle, or abandoned building)
- Staying in an emergency shelter or in a transitional housing program
The number one reason for becoming homeless cited by individuals in the PIT Count is job loss/unemployment, followed by eviction/loss of housing and physical health/disability.
Top Barriers to Housing
-Lack of affordable housing stock
-Lack of voucher supported housing
-Ability to earn a livable wage
-Lack of job training / unable to work
-Poor rental history
-Increasing rent / rent over 30% of household income
More detailed information about kids in Mason County who experience homelessness can be found on the
Schoolhouse Washington Dashboard
In January 2018, the Department of Commerce released the State of Washington Homeless Housing Strategic Plan with the vision of “no person left living outside”. The goal in Mason County is to reduce the number of people classified as unsheltered homelessness to align with Washington State’s plan and serve those in our community with the most need.
The full Mason County 2036 Comprehensive Plan is available on the Mason County website: http://www.co.mason.wa.us/community-services/planning/2036-comp-plan-update/index.php
The full Profile on Homelessness in Mason County is available on the Mason County website:
Washington State Homeless System Performance Reports