Local officials around the country are preparing to tally how many people are experiencing homelessness in their cities. These point-in-time counts are required in order to access federal funding for homeless programs.
Critics have long raised concerns that this method can lead to undercounting the actual population without stable housing. Seattle is trying a supplemental approach to the counts and using the data to help with a new effort to get people help through what's known as The Housing Command Center.
Here & Now's Deepa Fernandes speaks with Marvin Futrell, director of policy and strategy for the Washington State Lived Experience Coalition and co-director of the Housing Command Center.
Editor's note: As a clarification, Marvin Futrell is involved with the Housing Command Center as a representative of a partnership with The Washington State Lived Experience Coalition.
This segment aired on January 25, 2023.