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.

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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 …

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O’Brien, Herbold, Johnson and Sawant introduce homeless encampment ordinance

Four council members just sent out a press release announcing that they are introducing an ordinance to address the city’s protocols on cleaning up homeless encampments, based upon the legislation proposed last month by homeless advocates. It’s unclear whether they have a fifth vote to get it added to the Introduction and Referral Calendar this afternoon (but we’ll know shortly).   The text of the press release: Councilmember Rob Johnson Councilmember Lisa Herbold Councilmember Mike O’Brien Councilmember Kshama Sawant   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2016 Councilmembers Unveil Legislation: New Rules for Encampment Clear Outs   SEATTLE – Councilmembers Rob …

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