Today, the City of Seattle and King County declared the growing crises of our city and region’s homelessness to be a State of Emergency. In doing so, the City and County are asking for a $7 million local investment to address housing instability in our region and also calling upon State and Federal leaders to increase their investments to help these vulnerable populations. I applaud the actions of Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine in addressing this growing crisis of homelessness and housing instability in our region.
In evaluating additional investments, our policy makers must critically assess how each dollar is spent towards successfully reaching families teetering on the edge of homelessness. Applying a race and equity lens is even more critical for underrepresented communities within the homeless population, such as those new to our country, youth, women and our LGBTQ neighbors. We must strive to provide effective assistance before the most vulnerable in our community are left with no options but emergency shelter or sleeping under bridges. For a prosperous community like Seattle to lack basic shelter needs for families and kids is unacceptable. I look forward to working to address these issues when elected.