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P. O. Box 31578

Seattle, WA 98103

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©2019 by Heidi Stuber for Seattle City Council. 

Taking Action to Reduce Homelessness

 

Homelessness is the number one issue I hear about when talking to voters. District 4 wants a compassionate and effective solution - that's why I'm sharing what I'll do to address this crisis. Check out my videos and more details below. 

The homelessness challenge we face
The Homelessness Crisis
Heidi's Plan to take Action
Leadership for Results

Taking Action to Reduce Homelessness

Seattle's homeless population deserves every opportunity to access services and secure safe housing.  Despite increasing funding, we see more of those in need without a roof over their head.  It’s time for a new approach that ensures our financial commitment to reducing homelessness is being spent wisely.  As a city, we have a responsibility to organize our resources, prioritize solutions that focus on exits out of homelessness, provide needed treatment and services, and ensure a clean and safe city for everyone. 

We need a leader who is willing to enact a plan that is both compassionate and effective.  Here's mine:

  • Increase accountability and coordination in city-provided services and regionally with King County.  Right now, the homeless response is spread across many different and disconnected organizations.  City of Seattle needs to improve coordination and communication between Human Services, the Navigation team, Sanitation, and King County.  We also need to identify opportunities for budget efficiencies across departments that can be redirected into providing more shelter and services.

  • Increase temporary and transitional shelter with wrap-around services.  With twice as many homeless individuals as shelter beds, we need to take a hard look at our budget and redirect funds to quickly create immediate shelter options, like tiny home villages and authorized tent cities. We need to provide services at the shelter location and ensure social workers are forming trusted relationships to help people access healthcare, treatment on demand, social services, and long-term housing options. 

  • Identify the community service organizations who are most successful in helping clients exit homelessness.  The city partners with many organizations to serve our homeless population and some have better results than others.  Let's focus on supporting the organizations that are providing quality services, not just quantity,  and prioritizing exits so we can see this problem improve over time.  We want to invest in partners with strong results so best practices can be expanded to help more people.e

  • Improve shelter options so more people accept shelter when offered.  The Navigation Team works to build trust and get people into shelter, but too often people refuse services that do not work for them.  We need to expand 24/7 enhanced shelter so people can stay with their pets, their partners, and their belongings.  We can remove the barriers to shelter so our homeless neighbors can get the safety and support they need so that they can focus on next steps to move beyond homelessness.

This is a nuanced problem with many causes and no one single solution.  However, by increasing city coordination, making sure we are increasing shelter, and prioritizing exits out of homelessness, we can see this problem improve over time.  Once we have a thorough and organized approach in place, the city needs to re-establish expectations for clean and safe public spaces.  We can do better than leaving people with no better place to live than a tent in the park.  Let's work together for real, sustainable solutions.