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File #: 2015-0477    Version: 1
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 11/9/2015 In control: Metropolitan King County Council
On agenda: Final action: 11/9/2015
Enactment date: Enactment #: 14457
Title: A MOTION expressing support for an expansion of the King County Homeless Winter Shelter for winter 2015-2016 and for a continued partnership with the city of Seattle for joint funding of an expansion of the shelter.
Sponsors: Joe McDermott, Dave Upthegrove, Rod Dembowski
Attachments: 1. Motion 14457.pdf, 2. Letter dated 11-4-15 to Anthony Wright.pdf
Drafter
Clerk 11/04/2015
Title
A MOTION expressing support for an expansion of the King County Homeless Winter Shelter for winter 2015-2016 and for a continued partnership with the city of Seattle for joint funding of an expansion of the shelter.
Body
WHEREAS, despite this region's prosperity, homelessness in King County is in a state of crisis, with nearly ten thousand people experiencing homelessness on any given day, and
WHEREAS, people of color are disproportionately more likely to experience homelessness, and
WHEREAS, in early 2015, the One Night Count of people experiencing homelessness identified three thousand seven hundred seventy-two people who were unsheltered during that night, and
WHEREAS, sixty-six people experiencing homelessness have died on the streets of King County to date during 2015, and
WHEREAS, the cold and rainy winter weather poses increased challenges and safety risks for those who are homeless, and
WHEREAS, King County has recognized a particular need for emergency shelter during the winter months and has provided winter shelter for more than twenty years, and
WHEREAS, King County currently provides funding for a winter shelter for single adult men operated by the Salvation Army at the King County Administration Building, which is called the King County Homeless Winter Shelter, is open outside of normal business hours and for winter 2015-2016 will provide shelter for fifty men between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each night from November 1, 2015, through April 15, 2016, and
WHEREAS, in January 2015, the city of Seattle agreed to provide $117,000 to help King County expand the capacity of the King County Homeless Winter Shelter from fifty to one hundred men for the remainder of the 2014-2015 winter season, and
WHEREAS, in response to this contribution from the city of Seattle, the King County council approved an emergency appropriation through Ordinance 17966 that provided $53,000 in county funds to cover...

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