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At 99%, KCHA Reports Highest Lease-Up Rate of Biden’s 2021 Emergency Housing Vouchers

by Lauryn Bray


Last year, President Joe Biden passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which included the release of 70,000 housing vouchers to U.S. cities experiencing high rates of homelessness. Through the Act, King County Housing Authority (KCHA) was granted 762 emergency housing vouchers and nearly $18.4 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2021. As of Nov. 14, KCHA has reported that 756 of the 762 emergency housing vouchers, or 99%, have been leased. 

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Seattle City Council Finalizes Amendments for a Balanced 2023–2024 Budget

by Lauryn Bray


On Monday, Nov. 21, after weeks of public hearings and public meetings, the City Council finalized amendments to the 2023–2024 budget, following Mayor Bruce Harrell’s initial proposal at the end of September. The council’s budget amendments allocate funding for projects focused on affordable housing, homelessness, equitable development, economic reliance, the Green New Deal, as well as transportation and safe streets. The new budget also carves out money for programs related to health, youth, education, arts, and culture, including $4 million for mental health services in schools in response to the demand for more mental health providers in schools by students impacted by gun violence.

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NEWS GLEAMS | Indigenous Resources to Decolonize Thanksgiving; COVID-19 Services for the Holiday Season

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

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NEWS GLEAMS | Commission Adopts Final City Council Map; Ingraham HS Students Protest Gun Violence

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

curated by Vee Hua 華婷婷


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Local Grocery Store Workers Protest Kroger-Albertsons Merger

by Ronnie Estoque


Sam Dancy has worked at the QFC in Westwood Village since the store opened in 1991. He is also a shop steward for UFCW 3000 and was involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of the union for grocery store worker hazard pay during the early part of the pandemic. Dancy, alongside other representatives of UFCW 3000 and other unions across various states, is currently protesting the possible merger between Kroger and Albertsons, which was announced last month.

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NEWS GLEAMS | Council Budget Chair Mosqueda Unveils Balancing Package for Budget; Veteran Homelessness Rates Are Down

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

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NEWS GLEAMS | Preliminary Midterm Election Results, One Student Killed in Ingraham High School Shooting

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

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The Results Aren’t In, but the Preliminary Counts Are: Leesa Manion, Chipalo Street, and Adam Smith Lead

by Real Change Staff

Members of the South Seattle Emerald team contributed to this reporting.


The 2022 general election is one that’s guaranteed to bring change. Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are on the line, along with a handful of important governorships. While Seattle — and, to a lesser extent, King County — is deep blue, there are plenty of shades to it. The region faces major questions about how to handle homelessness, the opioid crisis, and police reform, among other issues.

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