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King County Exec Constantine “not familiar with” KCRHA Turning Down Landlords

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King County Executive Dow Constantine (@kcexec) says “I’m not familiar with the situation you’re talking about,” after I asked him why landlords were being turned away from the King County Regional Homelessness Authority’s (@kingcorha) highly touted incentive program to get people off the streets. It’s a story KVI Radio’s Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) and I broke earlier this week. Either Constantine was giving me spin today, or his media handler Chase Gallagher did not brief him on the situation. Constantine is on the KCRHA Governing Committee, responsible for oversight and approving budgets. Either way, Constantine went on to say he believes they should be working with more landlords in the private sector and gave a vote of confidence to KCRHA. Hoffman is working on a follow up story, stay tuned for the latest drop.

What’s the Hold Up?

The so called experts+politicians keep saying they need more affordable housing to end homelessness. So why are landlords being turned away from incentive program?

Major Concerns

Aside from the questionable rollout and management, attracting landlords still remains an issue. Worries about some homeless obliterating properties and attracting problems to neighborhood.

Uncertain Road

Former KCRHA CEO Marc Dones quit earlier this year, but was surprisingly hired as a consultant for the agency. Meanwhile, look at all the money going to salaries and overhead. Homelessness isn’t improving.

Look Who’s Getting Paid

But who’s holding these agencies accountable? Ultimately, what are the metrics for success or failure? It’s like a money pit.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.