“The Chamber has long advocated for a shared city-county process to address our region’s homelessness crisis. We firmly believe that a joint approach is essential for our region to successfully implement the recommendations from over a year ago, which mirror best practices elsewhere that have succeeded in moving 80% of people out of homelessness."
“We are excited to participate in the One Table effort to move forward faster in providing support to move more people out of homelessness.”
Over the past year, the Seattle Metro Chamber has consistently urged the City of Seattle and King County to work together on changes that align with the below principles, approved by our Executive Committee:
- Develop and invest in a person-centered crisis response system, giving highest priority to the health and safety of families with small children first, and then those who have the longest histories of homelessness and the greatest barriers to housing stability.
- Focus on data, carefully measuring which services are actually moving people from the street and into housing.
- Contract for performance, requiring organizations who receive taxpayer dollars to achieve measurable outcomes.
- Embrace the “housing first” philosophy, which moves people into housing quickly and without barriers to entry, while protecting the most vulnerable.
- Guarantee that any additional system funding be based on transitional need or on the provision of direct treatment services, and would only be supported after careful review of how existing funding would be budgeted.