New Initiatives to Address Homelessness in King County

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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In the last week, I’ve introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at addressing homelessness in unincorporated King County. My goal is to create County-wide standards for removing homeless encampments that are presenting a hazard to nearby communities, while also connecting those who need assistance with shelter space, substance use treatment, mental health resources, and other programs.

I believe that allowing people who are experiencing homelessness to live in camps on our streets and in our parks isn’t compassion—it’s indifference. These are human beings at their most vulnerable who often need treatment for addiction, mental illness, or the structure and safety that a shelter can provide. Sadly, these encampments can also cause public health hazards, fire hazards, and concerns about violence and criminal activity for surrounding communities.

King County is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in homelessness services such as shelter space and behavioral health programs, as well as eviction prevention. As these services ramp up, now is the time to make a concerted effort to connect folks in need with the help that is available.

I share more about this legislation below and will keep you updated as it moves through the Council.

All my best,

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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chair
Metropolitan King County Council

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