Report finds that King County needs to spend $410 million a year to solve homeless crisis

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The result of progressive policies: The new King County/Seattle area…

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I’ve done many posts on King County/Seattle’s homeless problem and how the local governments plan to solve this issue with more taxpayer money. See the following:

The City of Seattle spent $54 million on the homeless last year. King County spent over $195 million. There are an estimated 11,643 homeless people in King County. And according to a King County Auditor’s report, “the region’s leaders fail to communicate well enough to make any progress, and affordability continues to prevent people from overcoming homelessness.”

The real solution now proposed: Taxpayers are going to have to cough up a lot more money. I guarantee you it still won’t be enough.

From Seattle Times: Seattle and King County could make the homelessness services system run like a fined-tuned machine (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA), but without dramatically increasing the region’s supply of affordable housing options, solving the region’s homelessness crisis is all but impossible.

That is the central finding of a new, independent analysis of King County’s homelessness crisis by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which produced the report pro bono for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

The report estimates King County is short up to 14,000 units affordable for people experiencing homelessness. Because of the gap, and the rising numbers of people who are homeless, annual spending — public, private or both — needs to double to $410 million if the problem is to be solved, according to the report.

And that’s only if the annual rate of people becoming homeless doesn’t increase.

“This is a supply-side issue,” said Dilip Wagle, a McKinsey senior partner based in Seattle. “We are just running out of affordable housing units.”

The startling findings come as Seattle engages in a furious public debate over the city’s proposed plan to impose a $75 million annual tax on its largest businesses — including Amazon — to pay for more affordable housing and services for the homeless.

The chamber has vigorously fought the tax, so the McKinsey report results — produced independently of the chamber — may contradict their stance.

Chamber president and CEO Marilyn Strickland said she agrees more affordable housing is needed, but argues the so-called head tax is not the answer. She added that the chamber does not feel like what McKinsey produced was their report.

“We have record revenues, we have record tax collection,” Strickland said. “If building were more of a priority, they (the City Council) should make it one and make it one now.”

But Seattle Councilmember M. Lorena González, after reading details of the report in The Seattle Times, pushed back against the chamber’s assertion that the current spending on homelessness is enough, when this analysis proves that it isn’t, she said.

“It is an untenable position that the chamber is taking to acknowledge there is an affordable housing problem while at the same time offering nothing other than a continuing chorus of no’s,” said González, who received a high-level briefing about the report a few weeks ago but was scheduled to have a meeting with McKinsey on the report details Friday.

From what she knew about the analysis so far, González said the research seemed to validate “what the advocates and the nonprofit housing developers have been telling us for quite some time now.”

McKinsey approached the chamber last fall, and produced the analysis in a matter of months. Among other findings in the report:

  • Recent improvements in King County’s homelessness-response system have resulted in more exits to housing, increasing by 35 percent between 2016 and last year. But, while helpful, that alone cannot make up for the region’s affordable housing shortage.
  • “There’s not a ton of more juice to squeeze on efficiencies in the (homeless) crisis-response system,” said Maggie Stringfellow, a McKinsey associate partner in Seattle.
  • There is a 96 percent statistical correlation between the region’s rent increases and the increase in homelessness, a finding that echoes an analysis by Zillow Research, which found those relationships strong in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.

While McKinsey can’t say that higher rents directly cause more people to lose their homes, the two have “risen together in lockstep,” Stringfellow said.

McKinsey found the correlation between opioid deaths and homelessness to be far lower, at 34 percent — an indication that, counter to some assumptions, drug use alone isn’t driving the dramatic rise in homelessness here.

A separate, unrelated report, released Wednesday by the Seattle and King County Public Health Department, found that drug and alcohol overdoses disproportionally impacted people experiencing homelessness.

Read the whole story here.


29 responses to “Report finds that King County needs to spend $410 million a year to solve homeless crisis

  1. Do the math. That’s $36,000 per person. If you just doled out the money that’s over $17 per hour, more than the minimum wage proposed for the people that would have to pay the tax. Better to be homeless than work. Brilliant.

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  2. If you can do that and get up to $17 per hour why work when you can lay around and collect that kinda money. What incentives do they have in place to get them out and working so they aren’t homeless any more?

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  3. You can tell the liberals are in charge; they always want to throw money at the problem they created.

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    • “they always want to throw OTHER PEOPLE’S money at the problem” there FIFY.
      Seattle used to be a nice place to visit but this tells me it ain’t anymore.

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  4. Soros’ orders– gotta bring those Central America “migrants” up here to turn the place into a reliably unstable Democrat-voting hellhole like Brazil, you know…

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    • Witness California, further along than Seattle…

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    • Send all the homeless to this address:
      George Soros’s Home Address
      136 Cantitoe St. Katonah, NY 10536-3804

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    • You’re right about Soros, Anon @ 11:35.
      The government doesn’t mind spending your money. More debt just means bigger payments to the Rothschild Consortiums of Jewish International Bankers who it is the Federal Reserve sends the interest payments on the debt to, collected from your IRS statements, their enforcement arm.

      As you say, most of it is probably going not to the real homeless Americans, but to the illegals whom they import in order to outvote our real Americans and to help them further tear down our society.


  5. Only government can spend that much and not solve the problem. It’s a shame they’re wasting money that they first stole from us.

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  6. Most of these operations look like the Clinton Foundation when you analyze their books. You’re lucky if ten percent gets applied to the problem. The rest goes to bureaucracy and outright boondoggles.

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  7. It breaks my heart to see the GOOD people of California unable to drag their State back into being the “Golden State” it used to be. I’ve heard people say “It’s too late to save America.”,yet the Trump Administration is doing just that,with NO support from the Leftists/Socialists/Democrats and precious little support from even the GOP Republicans. In the case of California,Oregon and at least the Seattle area of Washington,I’m afraid it really IS too late to save ’em. To save the West,it could be necessary to hand them over to Mexico with our blessing,or declare the Coastal States a Disaster area and declare regional Martial Law until they can be brought back to some semblance of normalcy,and NEW Local and State Government can be placed. Also,Liberalism has been proven by example to be a form of insanity,so it’d be necessary to open the shutters on all those Mental Health Institutions that were deemed un-needed and in violation of the Liberal interpretation of the “patients'” Constitutional Rights to decide for themselves it they’re insane or not and were closed down.

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  8. Don’t fund the homeless, Get rid of the illegals and FIND WORK, CREATE WORK for the homeless, help the drug addicts and detox the state and get rid of the corrupt politicians, those are the contaminants at a higher level.

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  9. The Seattle Council Committee just approved the head tax (to help pay for the homeless “solutions”) – the one that Amazon, Starbucks and 128 companies are against. Amazon has already halted construction of expansion there because of this proposed tax. The Council is to final vote on Monday. Mayor Durkan can veto it.

    Way to go Seattle, you are going to drive out more businesses…

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  10. Prediction:

    (1) It will be more than $410M, if Seattle voters actually are stupid enough as to approve of it. It ALWAYS costs more.
    (2) After $410+M, Seattle will still have a homeless problem.

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  11. 410,000,000 divided by # of homeless is 35,000 per person.
    S**t–build an apartment/condo and teach these people skills.
    How can one county have that many homeless??

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    • Make it LAW that if you want any benefits,you have to WORK,at whatever job you’re assigned to. You can submit specifics for what types of work you’re good at,and be put to work in that field IF there’s work available. The few people who really WANT to pull themselves up and be respectable won’t have an issue with that. They could even hire people who were once Journeymen at their occupations to TEACH the skills to others.
      This stuff would take intensive supervision to be sure people don’t take advantage of the programs,but it’s not rocket science.The idea is to teach these homeless that if they wanna eat,or have a place to live,etc.,they have to work for it. They won’t LIKE it,but as their hunger grows,so will their resolve to take on some work to fill their bellies.
      I made a relatively passable living for 20 years working for Temp. Agencies (I was signed up with six of ’em in Idaho,so I ALWAYS had at LEAST one job per day,sometimes as many as 3.) I’m sure these people would be glad to work if saves them from starving,and it also breaks them away from the mindset that somebody,someplace will just GIVE ’em stuff with no strings attached. Of course,this is just my own opinion-results COULD vary….

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  12. Our country has been in the process of being sold out to Globalists since the Bush managed Reagan administration. Our industrial base must be brought back so that the unemployed will become employed and then become creators of wealth rather than a cause for more national debt.

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  13. Behind every leftist plan that calls for millions of taxpayer dollars there’s a few who stand to get very wealthy off the proposal.

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  14. By and large, “homeless” people are homeless (usually) due to their choices…. whether it be mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism or just good ol’ lack of responsibility. As long as the government (WE) pay them more than the median poverty level to do so, they will continue. Each group needs to be dealt with, but removing the taboo of sloth does not help.
    Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell


  15. Have Seattle area residents considered that they may be an example of the Curley Effect?

    A couple Harvard scholars discovered that cities and states that have had long-term, single party, Democrat governance are plagued by:
    • High crime rates
    • Poverty
    • Unemployment
    • School failure and
    • Oppressive taxes.

    They further discovered that “blacks and Hispanics in these places suffer disproportionately from these trends”.

    This discusses their report and lists the cities and states they researched:

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  16. Flame throwers to use on the homeless camps. Tough love. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind!


  17. Seattle entices companies to move into Seattle. Then the increased number of employees in the city increases the demand for housing. With the increased demand for housing the prices rise. As the prices rise more people can’t afford the high rents so they become homeless. Then Seattle wants to tax the companies to solve the homeless problem. It is a vicious cycle.
    Also the increased number of employees results in more private vehicles in the city. And the city is proposing that new apartment buildings be built without parking facilities. Next they will want an additional head tax to solve the traffic problems.

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  18. Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:

    Way to go Seattle! You are the model to the rest of the country, even California, as to how to just keep doing stupid stuff and simply make more jobs on the taxpayers back. And you can’t seem to figure it out even when it is pointed out in black and white reports. Sad but laughable as you continue blindly down the proverbial rabbit hole.

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  19. I am not a pessimist woman just old and from before to today I have seen our country go from the American dream to the nightmare of illegals, poor, homeless, drug addicts, LEFTISTS and on a downward course, yup, eventually we will join the New World Order, the John Lennon’s dream IMAGINE.

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  20. The city of Seattle has a real problem on their hands, which more money will not solve: “A woman was raped in the bathroom of a Ballard car dealership after police say a homeless man followed her and locked the door.

    According to Seattle Police, the woman took her car in to the dealership on Monday. The woman was reportedly in a stall in the bathroom when the suspect entered and broke down the door. Police say he raped her and dealership employees couldn’t get in because the door was locked.”

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