King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove
Our region is an active and ever-changing place. My goal as South King County’s representative is to center equity and community in everything I do. By working hand-in-hand with local community leaders and my constituents, together we can help increase justice and opportunity for all and ensure South King County lives up to its potential to be a great place to live and work.
I value the input I receive and hope you’ll reach out with any concerns.
Giving our Kids the Best Start
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela
Although all of us have been touched by the pandemic in some way, our children have had to face a new world without many of the supports they normally rely on to thrive.
That’s just one of the reasons I’m excited about the plan to renew – and expand – the Best Start for Kids levy to fund vital programs for local children and families.
If passed by the voters in August, the new levy will continue to fund current programs such as early childhood education, youth mentoring, parenting support, and after-school programs.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of childcare as a job and economic issue. That’s why I am supporting expanding the levy to include childcare subsidies for struggling families so people can get back to work.
It will also provide additional support for programs that help youth finish high school and train for jobs so that – despite the economic downturn we now face – they are prepared to join the workforce.
Acting on these crises now will be pivotal to us recovering our economy and creating a better future for our children.
I would love your input as we begin to work on the levy ballot measure and the implementation plan.
I want to thank all of you who have continued to follow public health guidelines to keep yourselves and the rest of our community safe through the COVID-19 pandemic.
South King County has been hard hit, but I am proud of our community for continuing to frequently wash their hands, wear a mask, stay six feet apart and avoid group gatherings.
Protecting public health and safety—particularly among seniors and vulnerable populations—is my top priority as your County Councilmember during this pandemic.
As Washington receives vaccine doses, County public health departments will be helping the State with equitable distribution.
We are working to get the vaccine out to everyone who wants one as quickly as we can.
That's why King County has stepped up to enhance the state and federal efforts by providing $7 million to help fund increased access and make it easier and faster for everyone to get the vaccine once supplies become available.
These County funds are being used for two high volume vaccination sites in South King County, including one at the Showare Arena in Kent, and five mobile strike teams to reach those who can't get to a doctor or vaccination site. The mobile strike teams are already visiting adult family homes and I was pleased to join them on a recent site visit in Kent.
The County provided this funding to help ensure that those who are historically overlooked when it comes to access to health care and are right now being hit hardest by the virus can quickly get a vaccine.
In the coming weeks, each high-volume vaccination site will be able to offer 500-1200 free vaccinations every day, provided that we are able to get the supplies of vaccine we need.
Remember, not everyone is currently eligible for the vaccine, but the State has just updated eligibility to include those who are aged 65 and older, and those aged 50 and older if they live in a household where two or more generations live (such as an elder and a grandchild) and meets additional specific qualifications.
As we look ahead to the task of building back our economy and our community, we know that the vaccine is the first step. I encourage you to join me at my Town Hall on Vaccines on Wednesday, February 3rd from 6:00pm-7:00pm (more information below.)
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Town Hall on the COVID-19 Vaccine
Please join me and the Director of Public Health- Seattle & King County, Patty Hayes, for another virtual town hall. We will be providing an update on the COVID-19 vaccines, roles/responsibilities of Public Health and what can be expected in these next few months. Please submit your questions in advance to email@example.com
What: Town Hall w/ Patty Hayes (Director of Seattle-King County Public Health)
Topic: The COVID-19 Vaccine
When: Wednesday, February 3rd 6:00-7:00 PM
Where: Streamed live- Facebook.com/cmupthegrove
Health through Housing
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We did it!
Today at the King County Council, we voted to provide housing and supportive services to those who find themselves chronically homeless by passing the Health through Housing proposal.
I sponsored and championed this proposal because I believe working regionally to provide the most housing to those most in need is the smartest approach.
Although the Council took the vote, it was the voices of the community - the commitment and compassion of all of you - that made this a true success.
Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet with advocates and faith leaders, constituents and neighbors.
And what I heard was compelling and inspiring.
I heard you speak compassionately about the homeless you serve and how this plan will make a real difference in their lives.
I heard the request to “put this in my backyard” instead of a rejection of those who are less fortunate than we may be.
And I was struck by the desire of all of you to get involved in the process, to take the time to email your support or testify before the Council.
Your compassion and commitment helped ensure this plan was adopted.
Together we will provide a better future for those who don’t have a roof over their head.
And by doing so, we will build a better community for all.
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