ICYMI: Legislative Recap, We Are In book club next Tuesday, Health Through Housing

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April 15, 2022

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you to everyone who joined the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (WLIHA), the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA), and We Are In for the Legislative Recap virtual event last week. You can view the slides WLIHA walked through here.

Next Tuesday, April 19th at 4 p.m. you are invited to join UW professor Gregg Colburn and data journalist Clayton Page Aldern, authors of the new book Homelessness is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns. This will be the first meeting of the We Are In book club. You can read more about the book in The Seattle Times here.

And, here is an update on the County’s innovative Health Through Housing (HTH) initiative, which converts hotels and motels into supportive housing units for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.  HTH recently acquired its 10th site: The former La Quinta Inn and & Suites in Kirkland.

By the end of 2022, King County aims to create up to 1,600 units of supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness –– and all of our region stands to benefit. With affordable housing in our area out of reach for so many, providing permanent supportive housing for people most in need is a central strategy in the fight to end homelessness.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov.