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Kenmore Residents Challenge $37mil Housing Project

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Homeless Industrial Complex

As I pointed out on Thursday, Plymouth Housing’s (@PlymouthHousing) website says the Kenmore facility is opening in 2025. Problem is, it hasn’t been approved by the city council. Based on last night’s vote, it’s likely toast. So I asked Plymouth CEO Karen Lee why her non-profit would take this presumptive posture. She declined to answer all my questions, including the one about failures of “housing first.”

As I tried to squeeze in more questions, one of her handlers blocked my path and bumped me numerous times. It got so heated, a Kenmore cop had to intervene. Bottom line, the public must demand more transparency from all homeless non-profits. In my experience covering this beat, the ones that have nothing to hide will talk openly and attempt to answer tough questions. Once again, King County elected officials must demand more accountability and measurable metrics for success. The Kenmore City Council deserves credit for doing that.

Final Blow

Late Thursday evening, the Kenmore City Council signaled Plymouth Housing will not be allowed to set up in the downtown core. Barring any last minute curve balls, the council will vote to seal Monday night.

Too Big to Fail

Big salaries and big money in the homeless space. So many jobs at stake. What happens if homelessness in America gets solved?

Last Time

In December, council voted 6-1 against the project. Angry residents claimed it was sold as affordable housing for veterans and senior citizens. But then it got switched to housing for the chronically homeless and drug addicted individuals.

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.