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January 14, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Seattle mayor asks City Council to authorize more tent cities

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed new legislation on homeless encampments Wednesday, asking the City Council to authorize more tent cities — under certain conditions — in response to an uptick in street homelessness and illegal camping. Murray had promised last month to present the council with a bill in January, saying the legislation would “make…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Nickelsville

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…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness, homelessness, Seattle City Council

December 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Metropolitan King County Council allows tent encampments for 10 more years

The Metropolitan King County Council has approved legislation allowing tent encampments to operate in the county’s unincorporated areas for another 10 years. The county has permitted the homeless encampments since adopting a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness more than nine years ago. Homelessness has hardly ended in that time, with almost 10,000 households turning to the county…

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January 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Annual count finds 14 percent more homeless in King County

Last night, 3,117 people had no shelter in King County, a 14 percent increase from the 2,736 people volunteers counted living without shelter last year, according to the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness’s One Night Count. Volunteers counted 2,392 unsheltered homeless people in Seattle, with about a third staying in cars or trucks. One Night Count…

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January 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Homeless youth outreach to get a $450,000 boost in King County

Three of King County’s leading service providers for homeless youth won’t have to worry about how to fund street outreach efforts for this year. After the nonprofits struggled to fill a budget gap caused by sharp federal funding cuts last fall, Auburn Youth Resources, Seattle-based YouthCare and Kirkland-based Friends of Youth will receive $450,000 from three…

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Comments | Topics: homeless, homelessness, King County

November 20, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Advocates to end homelessness march in downtown Seattle today

Advocates for the homeless march along Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle this morning on their way to city hall. We assume CEHKC stands for the Committee to End Homelessness in King County whose meeting the marchers plan to attend this morning.(Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times) Several dozen homeless advocates hit the streets…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: homelessness, Seattle City Hall, Seattle Police

July 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Mothers plead Seattle City Council committee for more shelter space

Homeless mothers pleaded for more King County shelter space during a Wednesday Seattle City Council committee meeting at Mary’s Place, a women’s center in downtown Seattle. The center’s director, Mary Hartman, told KING5 news that she knows a mother who slept “last night in a port-a-potty with two children, one and three years…

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Comments | Topics: and Culture Committee, health, homelessness