Seattle has a solution to their homelessness crisis: A 75-person task force

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The city of Seattle has a major homelessness problem. It’s so bad that the former disgraced homosexual mayor, Ed Murray, declared a State of Emergency on November 2, 2015. From my blog post in April 2017:
In 2016, the King County region saw an increase of 19% of our unsheltered population, the majority of those people residing in Seattle. In November of 2015, Mayor Murray declared a State of Emergency on Homelessness to bring light to this crisis and seek greater support from our state and federal partners. Mayor Murray has increased spending on homelessness intervention and prevention and the City of Seattle is now spending a record high of nearly $50 million dollars to address this crisis.”
The city has spent a lot of tax payer money to try and solve the problem. Here’s an example of what they’ve done to date:

Three years after the State of Emergency was declared and after all the hires and money spent, homelessness is still a major issue in the city.
The solution now? Form a large task force which, no doubt, will recommend more new taxes.
Jonathan Martin at the Seattle Times reports on the details of this new task force:
The number of people in King County who left homelessness for permanent housing has nearly doubled since 2012, but the overall tally of people who became homeless has risen more steeply — to nearly 30,000 in 2016.
That data, from King County, framed the launch on Monday of a sprawling new regional task force on homelessness to stop the descent of many into abject poverty. The 75-member group, called One Table, is the first evidence of regional collaboration between new Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine on the homelessness crisis.
The mission of the task force remains fuzzy — with a stated goal of finding solutions to “root causes,” including a lack of affordable housing and gaps in the behavioral health, criminal justice and child welfare systems that jettison people directly into homelessness.
At a news conference after the first meeting, Constantine said the task force was in response to a city property tax proposed, then withdrawn, last year by former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray for homeless services.
One Table, co-chaired by Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, includes leaders from a business community that has objected to a rising tax level. But Constantine suggested its recommendations could include new taxes for homelessness prevention.
“We’re spending a lot of money now on crisis response (to homelessness), but on the prevention side, on the root causes, there is clearly still a gap in the resources available,” he said.
Durkan sounded less enthusiastic. “We can’t reverse engineer this — it’s not the taxes first, and then do the services that fit the taxes,” she said. “Let’s find the solutions, then scope the resource to fill that gap.”
Read the rest of the details here.

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0 responses to “Seattle has a solution to their homelessness crisis: A 75-person task force

    • Dr Eowyn . . . that is a very appropriate picture for this dilemma. We have far to many people who have just surrendered and given away to the government the expectation that these most excellent thinkers will magically come up with the solution, and all they have to do is give them more money to throw at these problems.
      One thing that drives rent increases is the burgeoning increases in property taxes . . . . so many of the dillweeds vote to have this and that, but they don’t seem to connect the dots, and realize that taxes in one way or another have to generate the money to accomplish all these “wants on the part of the people.” Of course when expenses rise, there is an increase in rents–then some of the very people who have voted for all the free goodies, get slapped in the face by the fact that they have been priced out of the rental market.

  1. So why not fill the Task Force positions with the homeless people so they will have the money to rent/buy a home? Or do those people not fit into the roles of cronyism or nepotism?

    • The latter– not the “right” people, you know…

    • Diane . . . . No way will the powers that be allow those who do not have the “superior brain power” that they, and they alone possess to possible fill positions that deal with this problem. This is just another instance of government growing, and growing, and growing . . . .

  2. It is called joblessness. It is the root cause along with drugs. Stop taxing people to extremes especially on businesses that give jobs. Over taxing businesses forces them to move or close. Lib dems are too stupid to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The people need jobs not handouts.

    • Diane, they tried that. Didn’t work. Those are not true jobs.

    • weezy . . . . with common sense like that, you should be leading this new council on “homelessness.”
      I certainly do agree . . . “drugs” and alcohol addiction fuel the cycle of homelessness. How can an employer hire someone who is currently on drugs/alcohol and jeopardize their business? They are not in business to be a charitable institution, or a rehab center. They exist to provide some sort of products or services, and they need competent employees to carry out that endeavor.

  3. Of course, bureaucracy rules it is clear, more taxes, more money going in the politicians pockets, more blah blah blah and the homeless? Who cares?

  4. The “mission” of that task force will always remain “fuzzy” since a significant reason the homeless are lured into Seattle and other homosexual paradises is to provide an ever fresh supply of pizza for the city’s elites. You have to wonder how many drug-addicted teenage runaways who were lured there won’t be needing housing after all.

  5. Just keep the homeless, insane, and perverse going to Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.
    They’ll feel very much at home there. And remember all the Somalis, Haitians, and Jihaddies too.

    • Waco Bob, there isn’t a corner in this country where we cannot find homeless people, they push store carts with all their possessions and live under bridges, they do not want to go to a shelter, they are happy with a breakfast from the the fast food store, the police move them out and they go elsewhere, some are veterans, some alcoholics or mentally disturbed, they don’t hurt anybody, they sell their soc.secy. mumber, nobody cares for them, it is shameful the politians look the other way, it is just plain and ordinary people and police that help them.

    • Waco Bob . . . . I hope you are kidding. Here in Portland, we do not need more homeless, law-breaking individuals. I know this is caused by the communist leaning leaders we have in the City Council, and the Metro Council (a group that oversees Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties.) It’s just pitiful–we have so much bureaucracy, but nothing of real importance gets done. Many of those who are homeless, if they get hooked up right, can live in better accommodations than those who contribute to the tax income from which the homeless are supported. It is an outrage.

  6. In some cities they give homeless people jobs as public works employees. They clean the streets, fix things in the parks, and they get some money which they need. Sounds like a better idea than squandering $ on lazy bureaucrats.

    • chemtrailssuck . . . . I would go for that idea. When I walk from my place two blocks up to the main street in St Johns, you would be appalled by the litter in the street, and on the parking strips . . . all the wrapper’s from SubWay, Plaid Pantry, and 7-11 are discarded by the dillweeds as they walk on our sidewalks. We might as well pay the transients to clean up this mess. I can tell you I have picked up more discarded garbage from my property, and adjacent street than I care to imagine–including dirty diapers; evidently some fool whose baby needed a diaper change, did the change, opened their car door and deposited the dirty diaper in the street adjacent to my back yard. It is just gross.

  7. Homelessness and other forms of misery are among many desired consequences of the implementation of Globalist plans. Consequences foreseen by others and kept out of media reporting and opinions.

  8. Here’s one solution Seattle has come up with to help the homeless: displace them. Brilliant!
    New Anti-Homeless Spikes: Lib-Infested Seattle Uses Bike Racks To Block Homeless Camps

  9. Regional work group ‘One Table’ attempts to address homelessness

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