Today, Governor Inslee @GovInslee confirmed that proviso language DOES NOT require offers of “permanent housing ” to homeless on state right of ways. This is a direct rebuke of @KC_RHA CEO Marc Dones’ interpretation. But will this change the pace of clearings?#Seattle @MayorofSeattle @kcexec @WSDOT
During @KC_RHA Governing Committee meeting today, Dones walked back his recent statements about encampment outreach and “permanent housing” as a requirement. He now says congregate shelters are still an option. #Seattle
Calling on Mayor
Parents at John Stanford Int. School now begging @MayorofSeattle to take control from @WSDOT and lead encampment removals on state right of ways. Significant development this week as officials feel pressure to act swiftly. @GovInslee @KC_RHA @kcexec #Seattle
Last week, Dones said the budget proviso was specific and required an offer of “permanent housing” before anyone could be moved off @WSDOT property. However, no one on Governing Committee publicly called him out for that today.
Early Call Out
GOP Rep. Andrew Barkis (@AKB1968) was one of first Washington State lawmakers to blast Marc Dones’ interpretation of this bill. Barkis was right.