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King County Refuses to Clear Encampment until Permanent Housing is Available

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After parents raged on @KC_RHA CEO Marc Dones earlier in week about failed outreach at Ship Canal encampment, he went on to say WA state law makers put in a funding requirement that says homeless can only be moved if there is a “permanent housing solution.”

Housing First is Failing

In other words, parents at John Stanford Elementary are begging for immediate solutions, but Dones and @KC_RHA says they will only move homeless if there is a motel, tiny house, or apartment. Congregate shelters or shared spaces are unacceptable. #Seattle

Unused Shelters

According to @KC_RHA‘s latest numbers, 22% of region’s shelter beds not being used and Dones says they cannot put anyone into these “congregate” situations because of requirement for long term sustainable housing. This is not what parents wanted to hear. @WSDOT

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.