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Homelessness

Seattle City Hall sign and steps.
Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced a 30-day extension of Seattle's eviction moratorium, which covers residences and small business and non-profit commercial tenants. The previous executive order under Mayor Jenny Durkan was set to expire on January 15th, which makes the new expiration date February 14th under Harrell's order.  “As this rapid...
Mayor Durkan with Ferris wheel and Seattle waterfront in background
Today is Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's final day in office and attention is turning to her legacy as she passes the baton to her ally and friend Bruce Harrell. Annual polls gauging the share of voters who think the city is on the wrong track registered new highs in...
A photo of people and dogs in a park in the snow.
Freezing temperatures and snow are headed to Western Washington, where moss and drizzle are more common winter sights than snow drifts. During the week between Christmas and New Year's, meteorologists predict we may see the coldest temperatures in a decade -- with nighttime lows sinking into the 20s or...
A photo of a tent in front of a glass window with exhibiting large portrait style photos of people.
This month, King County announced roughly 45,300 residents experienced homelessness at some point during 2019, while in 2020, the number dipped slightly to 40,800 people. The revised figures are from a new integrated reporting system that the County considers far more accurate than its predecessor. The statistics paint a...
A photo of a man speaking at a podium decorated with the seal of the State of Washington in front of a townhouse and a sign for habitat for humanity.
Today, Governor Jay Inslee rolled out another big initiative, this one focused on housing and homelessness services. King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor-Elect Bruce Harrell, and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards joined Inslee for a press conference at a Habitat for Humanity build site in Seattle. The strategy would direct...
The Fremont Bridge goes up to let a catamaran pass.
Budget Chair Teresa Mosqueda's balancing package, released yesterday, would amend Mayor Jenny Durkan's 2022 budget proposal to invest more in street safety, homelessness services, affordable housing, food security, and bridge maintenance. The balancing package would also cut $11 million from the Seattle Police Department (SPD), investing instead in a...
A photo of a tiny house with an orange door.
It's City budget season and the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is seeking to boost funding for tiny house villages that shelter people experiencing homelessness. LIHI, the sole operator of tiny houses villages in Seattle, is asking supporters to testify before City Council on Tuesday, October 12th, in favor...
Five women wearing face masks raise their arms triumphantly in the air. They are standing outside with a blue sky behind them.
We can take a better approach than what was put forth in the failed "Compassion Seattle" City Charter Amendment. City Charter Amendment 29, posed by "Compassion Seattle" is dead, at least formally. Bruce Harrell seems intent on screaming “long live the Charter Amendment!” by making it into mayoral policy....