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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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

The Charter and ILA for the new Regional Authority is important progress to having a unified homeless emergency response system that is aligned with and responsive to the needs of those struggling with homeless and housing instability. The new system is designed to implement strategies and services on a regional basis that have been validated by both those most impacted by our homeless and housing crisis. The Charter, ILA and Regional Authority is aligned with our federally funded Continuum of Care that enables local human service providers and governments to invest over $42M each year in homeless prevention and response funds. This important work and milestone should be supported as we work to have a regional homeless emergency response system that is aligned, effective and rooted in racial equity.

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

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

Today marks the start of a new era in the fight against homelessness for our entire region. Over the last 22 months, we’ve seen more alignment in our region than ever before, and we’ve also seen the first decline in homelessness in Seattle and King County since 2012. We need to keep that progress going, and that’s why the new King County Regional Homelessness Authority is so important. The historic step we are taking today will help do more to prevent homelessness, to serve people experiencing homelessness, and to center race and social justice in everything we do. It will take all of us working together as we stand up this new entity and come together to truly unify our work to build a better future for our entire region.

September 4, 2019