Seattle’s hopes for leading a regional approach to homelessness solutions could move forward Thursday with a key King County Council vote.
Thursday, the County Council’s Regional Policy committee is scheduled to vote on a $132 million plan that would create a new Regional Homelessness Agency bringing together elected officials from cities across the county to “administer and oversee regional homelessness efforts.”
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Under initial plans, King County would dedicate about $55 million in service and administrative funding and $1.8 million to support start-up of the new authority. Seattle would add approximately $73 million for services and administrative funding, and up to $2 million for launch costs.
But concern over how the plan up for approval Thursday would distribute power to the agency’s members could push some of the planning back to the drawing board. The latest updates to the plan “gives more power to suburban cities that won’t be contributing financially to the new authority—and whose homelessness policies may differ sharply from King County’s or Seattle’s,” the C is for Crank news site reports.
Seattle City Council Insight reports that the Seattle City Council might need more time to approve its side of the new agency — and that time is running out if a plan is to be put in place before the end of the year with the final council sessions of 2019 coming Monday, December 16th.
The city’s Select Committee on Homelessness and Housing Affordability co-chaired by District 3 representative Kshama Sawant is slated to meet Thursday afternoon following the County Council committee vote.