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The Today File

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December 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Seattle task force on homelessness to present its ideas Thursday

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness has completed its work, and a City Council committee will hear the group’s recommendations Thursday, said Jason Kelly, Murray’s press secretary.

The deadline for the group to provide its recommendations was Monday. Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim will brief the council’s housing committee. Murray has not yet decided which recommendations he will pursue, Kelly said Tuesday.

The mayor announced the task force in September and named its members in October, requesting solutions to “help the growing number of people who are living on the streets to find shelter during the coming winter.”

He said the group would review the hot-button question of homeless encampments, among other issues. The city’s policy on authorized tent cities has been a source of debate in recent years.

The council last month set aside $200,000 to help carry out the task force’s recommendations.

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