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Kevin Schofield is a freelance writer and the founder of Seattle City Council Insight, a web site providing independent news and analysis of the Seattle City Council. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he worked for Microsoft Corporation for 26 years. That culminated in a term as Chief Operations Officer for Microsoft Research, the division of the company focused on advancing the state of the art in computing. Upon leaving Microsoft in 2014 he decided to embrace his love of writing. Kevin volunteers at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where he also serves on the Board of Directors. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Beyond writing, his personal passions are his twin daughters, photography, cooking, and playing the guitar. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

The slow road to an effective homeless crisis response, part 2: HSD’s plan

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.

In response to the Poppe and Focus reports discussed in Part 1, the city’s Human Services Division (HSD) announced a new initiative to respond to the homeless crisis called Pathways Home.

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The slow road to an effective homeless crisis response, part 1

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.

Continue reading The slow road to an effective homeless crisis response, part 1

Major homeless response announcements today

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.