The news is pretty light this morning, but don’t expect that to last as the Council dives into a very busy week.
Several interesting notes on legislation being considered this week.
The City Council has eleven meetings scheduled this week. Yikes.
This is the second installment of a two-part report on last week’s big announcements around the city’s response to the homeless crisis in Seattle and King County.
This is the first installment of a two-part report on last week’s big announcements around the city’s response to the homeless crisis in Seattle and King County. Part 2 can be found here.
Last week we all finally got to see the long-awaited and much-delayed report from consultant Barb Poppe on Seattle’s response to its homeless crisis. And it immediately became clear why it took so long to see the light of day.
Yesterday’s big announcements on the homeless crisis response top the news this morning.
Today the Mayor’s Office announced a new Pathway Home initiative to respond to the homeless crisis in Seattle. Along with the long awaited Poppe Report, the Mayor released another commissioned performance assessment on the Seattle/King County homeless response and an action plan for the city.
In addition, the Council’s Human Services and Public Health Committee meets this afternoon to discuss all of this.
Several hundred pages of reports and plans were released today, and it will take some time to digest. I’ll be burning the midnight oil tonight, and will have a full report in the morning. UPDATE 9/9/16 12:00 noon: yeah, it’s not going to be this morning. I was up until 2:00am working on it, and have been writing all morning, but there’s so much here, and it’s very complicated and nuanced. I’m going to optimize “getting it right” over “getting it done fast.” I promise something insightful and well-worth reading by the time you’re reading your coffee Monday morning, and possibly even before then.
Tuesday’s news on homeless encampments continues to drive coverage.
It’s all about the homeless encampments this morning.
This afternoon the City Council introduced a draft ordinance that would codify the rules the City must follow when removing unsanctioned homeless encampments. The bill was referred to the Human Services and Public Health Committee for further consideration.