Plymouth Housing Group serves the most disadvantaged homeless people in our community.
We serve those struggling with disabilities such as mental illness, chronic medical conditions, chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the effects of aging and poverty.
Most have been homeless for a long time, or have repeatedly failed in housing.
Plymouth provides permanent housing combined with comprehensive “wrap around” support services. We believe that having a safe, permanent home is essential to someone’s ability to regain health and begin to address the issues that first led him or her into homelessness. As our model saves lives, it saves taxpayer dollars:
- It costs approximately $50,000 per year to house a person in a jail cell or hospital bed.
- It costs Plymouth on average $15,000 per year to provide that person with permanent supportive housing.
In 2015, we provided permanent homes to a total of 1,064 men and women living in one of 13 buildings we own and operate in and around downtown Seattle. Last year at Plymouth:
- 77 percent of residents had incomes at or below the federal poverty level.
- 93 percent of supportive housing residents had one or more disabilities, including 63 percent with mental illness.
- 16 percent of residents were veterans of military service.
- 47 percent of Plymouth’s residents were over age 55, and 11 percent were over age 65.
- 28 percent of supportive housing residents defined themselves as African-American or of African heritage; 8 percent as Native Americans or Alaskan Natives; 6 percent as Hispanic or Latino; and 1 percent as Asian or Pacific Islander.
- 20 percent of supportive housing residents were women, 80 percent were men.
- An additional 1,059 low-income men, women, and children were served through Plymouth’s Shelter Plus Care program, which provided them with subsidized housing and supportive services in apartments throughout King County.
Plymouth has helped more than 3,000 people leave the trauma of long-term homelessness.