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Rally Expected at Redmond City Hall to Protest Low Barrier Housing Project


Another huge rally expected in front of Redmond City Hall Tuesday at 6:00pm. Then neighbors and activists will pack Council Chambers for public testimony. Former Plymouth Housing staffer Tasha Mae is sharing horror stories about the way this homeless housing provider allegedly runs operations in some of its buildings.

Mae was the former Lead Residential Specialist and says,

I was constantly having to send emails to executives about what was happening – the negligence of case managers, the danger that we were in as employees and how we were not trained to deal with a lot of the mental health extremes that we faced not to mention the drugs in combination with poor mental health plus negligent and untrained staff was a disaster. And I had to get out.

Plymouth Housing’s Eye-Popping Financials

Citizen journalists with community advocacy group Safe Eastside have also uncovered all kinds of alleged backroom dealing by city leaders, potential conflicts of interest, and eye-popping financials:

  • Plymouth Housing saw its assets grow from $65 million in 2018 to $321 million in 2022, during the region’s homeless crisis.
  • According to its 2022 Form 990, Plymouth Housing’s CEO and COO each took home over $250K/year in salary. Yet it is unwilling to provide adequate training and support to its workers, nor does it care for the safety and wellbeing of its tenants and employees. 
  • Redmond City Council’s rushed decision to gift public land to Plymouth Housing without public input.

Council’s Proposals to Stifle Public Comment

Safe Eastside accuses the city council of trying to stifle public comment. Here is what the council is proposing:

  • Cutting public comment from 3 minutes to 1 minute.
  • Limiting type of content shared.
  • Councilmembers having discretion to ban speakers up to 6 months.

Plymouth Housing Rejected in Kenmore

Redmond Mayor Angela Birney now says she wants her city to host the very same Plymouth Housing project rejected by the city of Kenmore. Why?

Plymouth Housing’s Appalling Conditions

These are the conditions inside Plymouth Housing’s Lewiston-Scargo in Seattle. Redmond neighbors are concerned this will spill into their downtown core.

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.