Imagine a housing system
that works for everyone.

Housing Kent is the backbone organization for the Housing Stability Alliance, a network of nearly 130 community stakeholders, including organizations and individuals, who have committed to working to ensure housing stability for every person through trust, transparency, and accountability.

Kent County is experiencing
a housing crisis

Like most of the country, Kent County is experiencing a housing crisis, brought on by a strong and steady increase in housing costs, with a very small increase in income. The number of people who are homeless in the Kent County homeless system grew by 37% between 2017 and 2019, with the most significant growth seen in families with children. Sharp breaks in the data reveal starkly disparate housing outcomes along racial and ethnic lines.

Our Vision for Kent County

We work for everyone in Kent County to be housed by choice

We aim to close the large gap between white homeownership (76%) and black homeownership (36%) in 20 years, and ensure the 20,000 families who are unstably housed in Kent County secure the stable housing they need to thrive.
Mother and daughter playing in kitchen

We're building a pathway
to ‘Housed By Choice’

But what does that mean? ‘Housed by Choice’ means that residents and families of Kent County live where they choose in quality housing they can afford. Our approach focuses on elevating residents’ lived experience and cross-sector partnerships. Businesses, governments, and funders can make impactful changes that create systems-level solutions in each phase of the housing continuum to achieve ‘Housed by Choice’ status for the residents of Kent County.

Understanding the Housing Stability Continuum

The following illustration shows the interdependence inherent within the Path to Housing Stability. It highlights the collective awareness that no existing community-based organization is designed to work across the continuum for all Kent County residents.

Clicking on the stages will reveal The Success Measure metrics. They represent the best measure of where residents are situated along the Housing Stability Continuum. The metrics are proxy measures, and the data sources should continuously improve to become more precise over time.

Clicking on the Housing Stability Continuum below will reveal The Success Measure metrics.

No
Housing

Temporarily Housed

At-Risk of Losing Housing

Soon to Lose Housing

Insecurely Housed

Stably
Housed

Housed By Choice

Partner with Housing Kent to
support Kent County residents

Your input and participation are vital to this movement. We welcome community members, organizations, and businesses in all sectors to connect with us. We’re looking for people to serve on our community-based councils to address the different aspects of housing instability. Or you might also serve as an action team member for data, community engagement, and advocacy.