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Whistleblower Dies Inside Low-Barrier Plymouth Housing Building

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Plymouth Housing’s Lewiston-Scargo claims another victim. Mike Matzick’s lifeless body was found inside this “low barrier” apartment complex in downtown Seattle. His family suspects he died of a meth overdose because staff allegedly turn a blind eye to drug use.


Matzick was one of our courageous whistleblowers who helped expose the deplorable conditions inside this problematic housing project back in February. It’s led to more scrutiny for Plymouth and calls for immediate change.

Fatalities in Plymouth Housing

I’ve reached out to Plymouth Housing staff for the number of residents who have died of drug overdoses this year in their facilities. So far no response. Since our devastating story aired, CEO Karen Lee has been on a crisis management tour.

Moving to Redmond

The city of Redmond is now entertaining the possibility of allowing Plymouth Housing to set up a low barrier complex in the downtown core. Neighbors want housing for the homeless but are against projects with a free for all open air drug culture.

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.