King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan transmitted legislation to their respective councils, creating the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority to oversee a unified response to homelessness.

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Seattle and King County unveil new authority to unify response systems and services

September 4, 2019 Summary King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today transmitted legislation to their respective councils creating the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority to oversee a unified response to homelessness. Story Crafted by…

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A new path forward: moving towards a regional structure and approach to tackle homelessness

December 19, 2018 Summary Following a series of recommendations to unify the region’s approach to homelessness, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and other regional leaders outlined their support for a new unified entity that would set…

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The new regional authority to house and serve our unsheltered community supports the urgent action that the homelessness crisis demands. Given this is only the one step in the needed regional response, I look forward to diving into the details and working with my colleagues, our city employees, contractors and the vulnerable populations we serve to adopt the regional governance structure as quickly as possible – to eliminate duplication, better coordinate service, and more holistically care for our residents.

September 4, 2019

Further consolidating Seattle and King County homeless services is a smart move…. This should streamline and improve services for people without a home or at risk of losing one. It should also reduce duplication of effort and misalignment between two entities spending nearly $200 million a year.

December 21, 2018

The new regional authority represents a concerted effort to increase coordination and collaboration of our planning, resources and service delivery countywide to achieve a more efficient and effective response to the needs in our community. We are determined to create a service system that seeks solutions to the disproportionality of homelessness among communities of color and listens to the voices of those with lived experience of homelessness as some of our most insightful consultants. Our vision is a homeless response system that is fair and just for all.

September 4, 2019

I believe this is a positive first step in ensuring that our homelessness response system is coordinated, equity-driven, and informed by the people most directly impacted. As we move forward, it imperative that we avoid recreating the wheel or reinforcing previous inefficiencies. Our homelessness response system must reject a one-size-fits- all model, incorporate providers’ input, and be responsive to the unique developmental needs of those served, including those of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. By doing so, we can collectively make a dent in ending the crisis of homelessness in our community.

September 4, 2019

I believe every city in King County shares the goal of a coordinated, seamless system that successfully transitions every individual and family experiencing homelessness into secure housing. I strongly support the Authority’s prioritization is sub-regional planning – allowing community-driven plans and responses that will recognize that Auburn is not Seattle, Seattle is not Kirkland, and so on. I look forward to continuing conversations with Executive Constantine, Mayor Durkan, and the councils as this legislation is finalized.

September 4, 2019

There are solutions to homelessness, and everyone needs to be working together on a single, comprehensive plan. The creation of the new entity is an important step in that process, by aligning policies and current resources of King County and Seattle more effectively, and providing a framework for the additional strategies and resources that will be needed to eliminate the suffering we see on the streets today.

September 4, 2019