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.
Bringing the region together to fight homelessness: Seattle and King County unveil new authority to unify response systems and services
September 4, 2019
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.
Crafted by Executive Constantine and Mayor Durkan, legislation now before the King County Council and Seattle City Council establishes the King County Regional Homelessness Authority to oversee policy, funding, and services for people experiencing homelessness countywide. The legislation includes a proposed Interlocal Agreement (ILA) and a Charter that authorizes the creation of the new Public Development Authority (PDA) to administer and oversee regional homelessness efforts.
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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…
May 3, 2018 Summary King County and the City of Seattle today signed an agreement to increase coordination of homeless services, planning and reporting. The agreement also establishes the Homeless Services and Housing Governance Partnership between King County, Seattle, All…
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…
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
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.
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
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
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.
With a worsening crisis, our region needs one unified system that has the governance, authority, and resources to deliver to people experiencing homelessness. Working as quickly as possible, the City of Seattle is committed to implementing a more coordinated, effective, regional response under a new entity, so we can continue to move neighbors who are experiencing homelessness off the streets and into permanent housing.