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Dow Constantine


Regional leaders announce 'One Table' – a community approach to homelessness and affordability

Summary

Executive Constantine, Mayor Durkan, and Mayor Backus announced a regional approach to the homelessness and affordability crisis. Elected officials, business leaders, local philanthropists, service providers and others will synchronize a county-wide community response that sets outcomes and develops innovative solutions.

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King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus today announced the formation of One Table, a comprehensive effort made up of business, service providers, healthcare, faith community, philanthropy, labor, academia, community members and people who have experienced homelessness.

The group will assess the region’s current response to homelessness, including root causes such as escalating home prices, inequality and the need to expand mental health and addiction services. It will also work to scale up community-based and government programs that are successful.

“We all know homelessness is a regional challenge that heeds no boundaries,” said Executive Constantine. “Our approach has been to work with all the region’s cities to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time. By coming together at one table, everyone with resources and energy and ideas – everyone who wants to make a difference on our streets – can set clearer targets, hold each other accountable, and make sure our investments achieve the results we all want.”

“We must have everyone in this fight if we want to find innovative long-term solutions to our homelessness and affordability crisis. By leveraging the City and regional tools and partnerships, we can better coordinate services and ultimately move more people off the streets and into permanent housing,” said Mayor Durkan.

“The homelessness crisis that we face does not impact a single city, it impacts us all,” said Mayor Backus. “For us to make true progress and address the challenges that contribute to this situation, we can no longer think in silos, but must instead join together to address this regionally. It will take all of us, working side-by-side, to find unique solutions that are meaningful and drive progress for each of us. The formation of One Table is a first, but large, step in leading us down that path to success.”

More than 11,000 people on any day are homeless across King County.

Key goals of One Table

  • Creation of short-term and long-term county-wide strategies and goals driven by data 
  • Regional coordination of investments and services
  • Examining innovative solutions around homelessness, based on root causes including mental health and substance use
  • Creating more affordable, permanent housing throughout the region
  • Addressing disparate impacts of displacement and homelessness disproportionately affecting people of color, the LGBTQ community, and marginalized communities
  • Identifying barriers and gaps preventing solutions from being implemented

The co-chairs of One Table are Executive Constantine, Mayor Durkan, and Mayor Backus of Auburn. In the coming weeks, the co-chairs will select members of the committee from a wide variety of sectors:

  • Business, including developers and employers
  • Service Providers in homelessness, housing and behavioral health fields
  • Healthcare
  • Faith Community
  • Community members who are working on addressing homelessness
  • People who have experienced homelessness
  • Academia
  • Law and Justice
  • Federal, state and local government
  • Advocates working in communities that are disproportionately affected by homelessness

Quotes

We all know homelessness is a regional challenge that heeds no boundaries. Our approach has been to work with all the region’s cities to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time. By coming together at one table, everyone with resources and energy and ideas – everyone who wants to make a difference on our streets – can set clearer targets, hold each other accountable, and make sure our investments achieve the results we all want.

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

We must have everyone in this fight if we want to find innovative long-term solutions to our homelessness and affordability crisis. By leveraging the City and regional tools and partnerships, we can better coordinate services and ultimately move more people off the streets and into permanent housing.

Jenny Durkan, Seattle Mayor

The homelessness crisis that we face does not impact a single city, it impacts us all. For us to make true progress and address the challenges that contribute to this situation, we can no longer think in silos, but must instead join together to address this regionally. It will take all of us, working side-by-side, to find unique solutions that are meaningful and drive progress for each of us. The formation of One Table is a first, but large, step in leading us down that path to success.

Nancy Backus, Auburn Mayor

For more information, contact:

Alex Fryer, Executive's Office, 206-477-7966

Stephanie Formas, Seattle Mayor's Office, 206-246-0475

Kalyn Brady, Auburn Mayor's Office, 206-804-5029


King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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