Over the past year and a half, some investment has been made toward addressing this crisis, including King County’s purchase of several hotels for transitional housing and continued investments by the city of Seattle to expand shelter capacity options and create more affordable housing. Likewise, we are moving toward a more comprehensive, coordinated and unified regional response with the formation of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority. Still, we have a long way to go.
Any sustainable solution to this humanitarian crisis must recognize the impacts of homelessness on all communities across our region while also focusing concentrated efforts on those areas where the crisis is most acute. This includes downtown Seattle, where roughly 800 people are living unsheltered each day.
DSA will continue to work with the KCRHA, stakeholders and local, regional and state government leaders to support and implement a plan that meaningfully addresses homelessness in our urban core.