Everybody has a part

What can you do?

Homelessness is a community-wide issue that needs a community-wide response. Government can’t do it alone; neither can social service agencies or faith communities.

Each member of our community can be part of the solution to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time. Whether it’s smiling and saying “hello,” volunteering for a local nonprofit, advocating for funding with the state legislature, or employing or housing a homeless person—we can make a tremendous difference when we tackle homelessness together.

Learn more about the issue of homelessness

Help bring awareness to your friends and neighbors about the issue:

Contact homelessness@redmond.gov

Make a difference on your own

  • Smile and say hello to someone who may be homeless
  • Support low-income and homeless newspaper sellers by buying a copy of Real Change from an authorized vendor. You can also download their new app.
  • Instead of giving cash to someone on the street, offer them resources instead – Community Resource Card and some food, warm socks or a care kit
  • Contact Rex Hohlbein to create a Facebook page like his Facing Homelessness
  • Join the Camp Unity board
  • Take a moment to think about what you are passionate about and what skills you possess. Recently, we’ve seen technology professionals develop phone applications; and people experiencing homelessness themselves providing companionship and resources to others in need. Share your creative ideas for ensuring all people have a home.
  • Consider becoming a foster parent to a homeless youth. If you can't commit to full-time fostering, you can become a respite foster parent and help when full-time foster parents need a weekend off.

Join together with your friends

  • Organize supply drives for needed items like socks, hats, coats and gloves
  • Sign up to help with a Pantry Pack packing party or find out other ways you can be involved
  • Sign up to provide a meal or meals at a homeless shelter – the winter shelters in particular need donated meals
  • Use social media to share stories and encourage others to get involved
  • Host a fundraising event to extend the time the Winter Shelters are open

Volunteer at an organization working to help people to move out of homelessness

Donate to a local organization



If you're a landlord or a property manager

Landlords and property managers can help address homelessness by renting to people who typically face barriers to permanent housing, such as poor credit, a past eviction, or criminal history. 

If you're a homeowner



If you’re an employer

Partner with one of our local agencies working to get homeless people back into the workforce.



If you’re a parent, get your kids involved


  • Smile and say hello to someone who may be homeless
  • Talk about why it might be better to give resources rather than money to someone on the street
  • Check out books on homelessness and read them together
  • Consider asking for socks for a homeless shelter or canned food for a food bank instead of presents at your next birthday party


Middle/High School

  • Organize a group volunteer activity, or better yet, encourage them to join forces with their friends
  • Suggest a Day of Silence to bring attention to homeless youth in Redmond


If you're part of a faith community

  • Help educate your congregation by screening a movie dealing with homelessness and talking about it 
  • Consider hosting a safe parking program, tent city, or winter shelter
  • Support other groups who are providing safe parking, hosting an encampment or winter shelter







People making a difference:

Harper and her mom, Kirsten, with care kits assembled by the youth at Gotta Dance in Redmond.

Gotta Dance

Ky, a 10-year-old boy, sent a letter to the City of Redmond's Mayor.

Ky's Letter


What can you do?

Instead of giving cash to someone on the street, offer them resources instead – Community Resource Card and some food, warm socks or a care kit.


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