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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.

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

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

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

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.

December 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