If we build housing, will that attract homeless people to our community?


Many people have this concern – and not just in our city. Cities across the country believe that they are magnets for the homeless.

National research shows that the homeless are less mobile than the general public, that 80% experience homelessness in their community of origin (where they had their last permanent address), and that those few who do move do so for jobs or to be closer to family. Data from the annual homeless census in Thurston County, which has been conducted every year since 2002, is consistent with the national research.