What is Safe Harbors?

Safe Harbors is King County’s web-based Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) used to measure the extent of homelessness in our community. Data collected is used to create statements of need to funders at the local, state and federal levels through a variety of reports created from the information collected by our partner programs.

Safe Harbors is administered by HSD, and is a joint project of the City, King County’s Department of Community and Human Services, and United Way of King County. In addition to the three sponsoring partners, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations require that an HMIS be governed by the locally-designated “Continuum of Care,” which in King County is the Committee to End Homelessness (CEH).

Safe Harbors provides information that will allow the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and the broader community to:

  • understand the workings of the existing homeless services system and the needs of homeless people;
  • coordinate systems and funding to efficiently deliver the long-term housing and supportive services that homeless individuals and families need to stabilize their lives, get healthy, find work, and live independently; and
  • measure our progress in ending homelessness.

For more information on Safe Harbors, please visit their website: http://www.safeharbors.org/default.htm