King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a ground breaking Interlocal Agreement approved by the Metropolitan King County Council, Regional Policy Committee, and the Seattle City Council creating a new King County Regional Homelessness Authority to oversee a coordinated and unified response to homelessness.

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Seattle and King County Create New Unified Regional Homelessness Authority

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a ground breaking Interlocal Agreement approved by the Metropolitan King County Council, Regional Policy Committee, and the Seattle City Council creating a new King County Regional Homelessness Authority to…

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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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Read more personal insights from our leaders about the Regional Homeless System Redesign.

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 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

While we have not had opportunity to vet this plan with our membership, we are committed to working collaboratively with King County, Seattle, and the business and philanthropic communities to address this regional homelessness crisis. We appreciate that the report recognizes that there are different needs in our communities, and we look forward to working with our partners to craft a governance structure that will give voice to our communities.

December 2018

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

The homelessness and housing affordability crisis is our most pressing regional challenge. We have brought extra resources and deployed new innovations to the fight, but we must go even further, and build a system that is equal to the tasks before us. Our goal is to make sure every person has a safe and secure place to call home. It is our moral duty to cast aside the inertia of past practices and embrace a truly regional partnership that will have far more impact than ever before.

December 2018