In November 2015 former demorat Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (who resigned due to child sex abuse allegations) declared an emergency and announced new investments to respond to homelessness. Between the city and King County, they initially pledged $7.3M to address the crisis.
Fast forward to 2019 and this is the state of the homeless crisis in King County:
As you can see, even with millions of taxpayers’ dollars, the crisis persists throughout the region.
So what is the bureaucrats’ new solution? A new government bureaucracy between the city and county called, “King County Regional Homelessness Authority.”
According to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, “Today marks the start of a new era.”
King County Executive Dow Constantine said, “We are determined to create a service system that seeks solutions to the disproportionality of homelessness among communities of color. Our vision is a homeless response system that is fair and just for all. That’s the goal.”
MyNorthwest.com reports that the new agency will consolidate funding and policy-making for homelessness between King County and the City of Seattle.
And how much will this cost? Nearly $132 MILLION for things like start-up costs, administrative funding, services, and more.
Guess how long it took to devise this plan? From MyNorthwest.com:
“The original plan for this “One Table” regional approach was first unveiled in Dec. 2017. Almost a year later, officials announced their intent to “create a set of recommendations and action steps.” Now eight months after that, legislation will next go before Seattle City Council and King County Council.”
Read the whole MyNorthwest.com story here.
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