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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2020

1
JUL

Point-in-Time count estimates a 5 percent increase in people experiencing homelessness, newly updated data dashboards reveal more people receiving shelter and services
The 2020 Point-in-Time Count for Seattle/King County found 11,751 people experiencing homelessness on one night in January, with 53 percent sheltered and 47 percent unsheltered. The total reflects a five percent increase compared to the 2019 Count. Newly updated data dashboards show numbers of most populations seeking homelessness services have remained steady over the past three years, while veteran and youth and young adult homelessness continue to see reductions.

19
JUN

King County enters Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan
King County’s application to enter Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start recovery plan was approved by the state Department of Health today, allowing many businesses following the state guidelines to operate at double the capacity of the modified Phase 1.

17
JUN

King County and Molina Healthcare of Washington reach groundbreaking three-year behavioral health care agreement
King County and Molina Healthcare of Washington (Molina) have signed a three-year contract to support and improve behavioral health care practices in the region. This agreement endorses King County’s one-of-a-kind model for coordinating publicly funded integrated health and behavioral health care, and opens the door for a new project specifically to assist Molina members and clients during the COVID-19 emergency.

16
JUN

Via to Transit pilot returns to southeast Seattle and Tukwila
Via to Transit, the on-demand shuttle service connecting riders to transit hubs, will resume service to Rainier Beach, Othello, and Tukwila International Boulevard light rail stations starting June 22, 2020. Via to Transit was paused on March 23, 2020 in response to COVID-19.

15
JUN

Executive Constantine: Now is the time to move forward with police accountability
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued a revised Executive Order on inquests of officer-involved deaths and called on suburban cities to drop legal opposition so that inquests may proceed. Inquests have been on hold in King County for two years, frustrating families and making it harder for witnesses to recall details.

15
JUN

King County applies for Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan
Following two weeks of progress in modified Phase 1, King County has submitted an application to the state Department of Health to move to Phase 2 of the Safe Start coronavirus recovery plan, which would allow more re-opening of businesses to increase operating capacity.

11
JUN

Executive Constantine submits budget to fund COVID-19 response, including purchasing 25 million face coverings for residents
King County Executive Dow Constantine submitted a $70.4 million emergency supplemental budget to the King County Council that includes purchasing 25 million face coverings to help reopen businesses across the county, and investments to increase food security for county residents.

5
JUN

King County to immediately allow limited openings of businesses, maintain public health vigilance
With new state health officials’ approval today, restaurants and retailers will be allowed to serve customers in their establishments, in addition to other modified openings for a wide range of businesses and activities. Public Health – Seattle & King County will monitor transmission trends, medical capacity and other key indicators to help inform further reopening decisions.

3
JUN

King County submits plan to re-open limited business activity in COVID-19 recovery
King County submitted a plan to the state Department of Health to allow for limited openings of businesses in a modified Phase 1 of the Safe Start plan, including allowing some indoor seating at restaurants.

31
MAY

Executive Constantine issues local Proclamation of Emergency
To assist in responding to violence and theft associated with protests in several cities, King County Executive Dow Constantine has issued a local Proclamation of Emergency.

29
MAY

Executive Constantine announces plan to re-open limited business activity in COVID-19 recovery
King County Executive Dow Constantine, in consultation with Public Health – Seattle & King County leaders, announced that pending state approval, King County will begin to re-open some business activity with limited or modified openings for a number of sectors.

19
MAY

Regional Homelessness Authority Governing Committee Members named, first meeting convenes remotely May 21
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan today announced the membership of the inaugural Governing Committee of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority and the date for the first meeting. Due to the continuing Public Health order calling for social distancing and suspension of all gatherings, the meeting scheduled for May 21, 2020 will be held remotely.

14
MAY

Elliott Avenue modular pilot project opens to offer shelter beds and services to fight COVID-19
King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles joined staff of Catholic Community Services in touring the new modular pilot shelter opening in May in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood to provide safe housing and 24/7 onsite services in response to COVID-19 to help people experiencing homelessness.

6
MAY

Executive recognizes Public Health Director Patty Hayes for receiving top award for University of Washington alumni
Executive Dow Constantine congratulates Public Health — Seattle & King County Director Patty Hayes, after receiving the highest honor bestowed upon a University of Washington graduate.

23
APR

As part of recovery effort, Executive Constantine announces supplemental budget to continue COVID-19 response, help small businesses, arts and tourism; fund homeless youth programs
King County Executive Dow Constantine transmitted an emergency spending package today to the King County Council that would continue the County’s critical COVID-19 response efforts, including leasing isolation sites and providing alternatives to shelters. The appropriation request also supports small businesses and advances future lodging revenues for tourism and arts.

16
APR

Executive Constantine on Harborview bond measure: a generational opportunity to support region’s trauma hospital
King County Executive Dow Constantine transmitted legislation to the King County Council today that would place a capital improvement bond measure before King County voters on the November 2020 General Election ballot. The measure seeks voter approval of $1.74 billion in general obligation bond funding over 20 years for health and safety improvements at King County’s Harborview Medical Center.

13
APR

King County awards $1 million to provide language access and other COVID-19 services to frontline community groups
King County Executive Dow Constantine and members of the King County Council invested $1 million to provide flexible resources for engagement and outreach to organizations on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak to provide language access and other resources.

10
APR

King County to offer hotel rooms to healthcare workers impacted by COVID-19
In partnership with the state’s health care unions, King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci today announced that the County reserved a block of rooms at Hotel 116 in Bellevue for healthcare workers who need a place to stay if they are concerned about COVID-19 exposure.

10
APR

United Way of King County, City of Seattle and King County Announce $5 million Investment in Rental Assistance Program to Keep Families Affected by COVID-19 from Experiencing Homelessness
United Way of King County, in partnership with King County, the City of Seattle and the Seattle Foundation, today announced the launch of a $5 million investment in United Way’s expanded Home Base program to provide rental assistance to King County households that have lost all or part of their income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

2
APR

COVID-19 Resources from King County
King County is committed to ensuring that all residents have the information they need about Novel Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19).

King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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