Data & Results

LEAD SEATTLE · KING COUNTY, WA – Project management & case management leadership

Our Impact

Offering an effective, evidence-based response to unlawful or problematic conduct stemming from unmanaged behavioral health issues and chronic poverty, the LEAD model is rooted in dignity, harm reduction, and multi-partner coordination.

2023 Data

Enrolled Clients at the End of Q1 2023
Substantive Meetings with Clients to Address Needs & Meet Goals
Referrals Received for Individuals Needing Support



LEAD-SW King County (Burien-North Highline)

Funding (Macro)

National Evaluations

Independent evaluations of the flagship LEAD site in Seattle show that LEAD reduced re-arrest, increased rates of permanent housing, and improved outcomes for participants and communities.
Access Reports

Local Reports


  • All
  • Aurora (1)
  • Ballard (1)
  • Chinatown International District (1)
  • East Precinct (1)
  • Rainier Valley (1)
  • SODO (1)
  • Southwest Delridge (1)
  • University District (1)


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  • 2023 (10)
2023 Q3 Report
No matter where it operates, the goal is the same: improve public safety by supporting people who commit crimes born out of poverty to achieve stability and pursue self-identified goals, such as recovery, housing, work, or schooling.
2023 Q2 Report, University District
The University District has a concentration of high-need individuals, many of whom face barriers to accessing supportive resources because of their unaddressed behavioral health issues. However, LEAD’s consistent presence in the area and that of our case management partners, REACH, demonstrates the program’s responsiveness to the needs of our clients and the community.
2023 Q1 Report, Aurora
LEAD utilizes Aurora's limited resources and works with partners like Aurora Commons to receive referrals and work with LEAD clients to figure out what people need in order to gain a foothold on their path to stability and help implement a plan to stability.
2023 Q1 Report, Ballard
In Ballard, LEAD's work in 2023 has centered on the many LEAD clients that live in the Ballard area, as well as on the multi-organizational neighborhood case conference. This case conference includes the Ballard Alliance, the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle City Attorney's Office, the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and DESC.
2023 Q1 Report, Chinatown-International District
The Chinatown-International District (CID) community has long-cited ongoing public safety issues such as illicit commercial activity in Little Saigon, issues related to large encampments forming in unactivated spaces, and other behaviors driven by unmet needs and/or unaddressed behavioral health issues. LEAD's project management has remained in close contact with community partners in order to track these myriad public safety concerns, both in order to operationalize responses with current LEAD resources and also to track and contribute to conversations about what additional tools, such as a milieu outreach/safety team presence, might be required.
2023 Q1 Report, East Precinct
In East Precinct, the LEAD program's notable successes have involved building and maintaining a robust relationship with SPD, wherein social workers collaborate closely with officers on the ground in order to identify, locate, and work with folks in need of community based care. This collaboration has resulted in a number of new LEAD clients whose behavior was garnering law enforcement interactions and who otherwise might have ended up in jail.
2023 Q1 Report, Rainier Valley
After years of meeting, talking, and planning with South Seattle community stakeholders, LEAD partners finally identified funding, via congressionally directed spending and the Recovery Navigator Program, that will allow the program to open up services to South Seattle and Rainier Valley.
2023 Q1 Report, SODO
In Quarter 1 of 2023, to increase referrals in the SODO neighborhood, LEAD's project management team began to work more closely with community stakeholders, such as the SODO Business Improvement Area and law enforcement, to gather input about SODO's key issues and dynamics. Moving forward, LEAD project management will work to establish more regular frameworks for community feedback, so that the program can more effectively respond to public safety concerns and provide wraparound care for current LEAD clients.
2023 Q1 Report, Southwest Delridge
Based on community feedback, LEAD learned that there was a perceived reduction in crimes and that community members felt safer and more comfortable walking around. LEAD's recent focus in West Seattle stretches back to a project in 2022, which involved a condemned apartment building and a number of people living in it who were set to be evicted without a plan. Realizing that many of the people living in the building were people who experienced chronic homelessness, LEAD service providers collaborated with the building owners, community, SPD, the Seattle City Attorney's Office, and brought more than 20 individuals indoors and into long­term case management.
2023 Q1 Report, University District
In the University District, LEAD's work in 2023 has centered on the many LEAD clients that live in the University District area, as well as on the multi­organizational neighborhood case conference. This case conference includes the Li-District Partnership, the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle City Attorney's Office, the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and DESC.