by Luke Brennan
Over the last decade, Seattle and King County have taken various measures to support people living without permanent housing. In 2015, King County was investing $36 million a year to assist people living unhoused and at risk of becoming unhoused.
Despite these efforts, homelessness has been on the rise since 2010, with increasing rent prices as the likely culprit.
Continue reading Then and Now: Seattle’s Plan for Homelessness From 2010 to 2020
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Continue reading The Morning Update Show — 6/30/21
by Ashley Archibald
That Marc Dones believes the County can fix its homelessness crisis is probably good news coming from the first CEO of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) — the organization that replaced All Home King County as the coordinating entity for homelessness response after a lengthy planning process.
This optimism comes against the backdrop of a humanitarian crisis on the streets of Seattle and King County, one that has become worse and more visible over the past two decades as various initiatives tried and failed to end it.
Continue reading Marc Dones Believes King County Can Fix Its Homelessness Crisis
by Paul Faruq Kiefer
(This article previously appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
In his State of the County Address Tuesday, May 11, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that the County would purchase the Inn at Queen Anne, which has been serving as a temporary shelter operated by Catholic Community Services (CCS) since April of last year.
The 80-room hotel, which CCS will continue to operate, will cost the county $16.5 million; the money will come from the new “health through housing” sales tax that the County Council passed — with some notable abstentions from suburban cities — late last year. The County plans to purchase “several more properties in several more cities … in the coming weeks,” Constantine said in his address.
Continue reading County Purchases First Hotel to Provide Shelter to Those Without It
by Ashley Archibald
(This article originally appeared at KNKX and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
The Auburn City Council voted Monday, April 19, to criminalize camping on public property, a change with consequences that will largely fall on people experiencing homelessness.
Those cited under the new law face a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The measure departs from an ordinance passed in September 2020 that made the offense a civil infraction that could come with a fine of $250. In a report, city staff wrote that six months of experience and the impending launch of the Auburn Community Court made this the right time to revisit the city’s approach.
Continue reading Auburn Votes to Criminalize Camping on Public Property
(This article was originally published on the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
The body charged with the hopes of creating a truly regional response to the Seattle-area homelessness crisis finally has a leader. On Feb. 4, the King County Regional Homelessness Authority announced Regina Cannon as its first Chief Executive Officer.
Continue reading King County Regional Homelessness Authority Finally Has a Leader
by Erica C. Barnett
(This article originally appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
The King County Regional Homelessness Authority (RHA) held a previously unscheduled meeting of its implementation board last night to discuss how to respond to a City of Renton proposal that would shut down a shelter run by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) at the Red Lion hotel in Renton. The legislation would also ban most, if not all, homeless shelters from the city.
Continue reading Homelessness Authority Weighs in on Battle Over Future of Renton Shelter (and Shelters in Renton)