The bottleneck in Seattle’s homeless shelters that leaves thousands on the streets

Aidan Horrigan’s feet extend beyond the blanket he shares with Shaunae Lahman on James Street under Interstate 5. The couple — who are in their 30s and have been together for about five months — sleep on a broken box spring they found. About 12,000 people used homeless shelters in King County in 2016, and the numbers are on the rise. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
Aidan Horrigan’s feet extend beyond the blanket he shares with Shaunae Lahman on James Street under Interstate 5. The couple — who are in their 30s and have been together for about five months — sleep on a broken box spring they found. About 12,000 people used homeless shelters in King County in 2016, and the numbers are on the rise. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Times is launching Project Homeless, a community-funded initiative to explore the causes of homelessness, explain what the region is doing about the crisis and spotlight potential solutions. Today, we examine one of the obstacles to moving people into stable housing.

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