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Homeless needs assessment paints a detailed picture of the city’s homeless population

Late last summer the Mayor promised that the Human Services Department was working on an assessment of the needs of Seattle’s homeless population. Originally due out in November, it was finally released today.

The report gives the most detailed view to-date of who our homeless neighbors are, how they became homeless, and the issues they are struggling with. Along the way, it debunks several persistent myths about the homeless population and suggests the services that the city could provide that would do the most to lift them out of homelessness.

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Council once again fails to hold HSD accountable

Wednesday afternoon in the Human Services and Public Health Committee meeting, the City Council was asked by the Human Services Department (HSD) to lift restrictions on $125,000 set aside in this year’s city budget for a contract related to human service providers in the North Seattle area.  They asked no questions, and quickly passed it out of committee for final approval on Monday. This represents their general approach to oversight of HSD, and it is a big mistake.

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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.

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