King County, Seattle show how not to house homeless

Just a thought that when Everett and or Snohomish County build housing for the homeless, that they pay heed to the adventures of Seattle and King County with these projects.

According to a Seattle newspaper, the King County Regional Homelessness Authority has drafted a five-year plan to reduce homelessness there. The draft does not specify where, when, or how much of what type of housing for the 56,000 souls they say experience or “touch” homelessness each year. They do talk money however. To the tune of $12 billion, yes that’s with a ‘b’, they say they will need. Their plan includes some 15,000 shelter beds with an annual maintenance cost of $1 million a year. It also ignores the most popular and cheapest form of housing, “tiny houses.”

Since 2021, King County has been buying hotels and apartments to shelter the homeless and low income. To date they still haven’t filled all the units with the needy. One shelters Afghan refugees and another has covid patients. Several others remain vacant while the homeless count keeps rising.

Now, It appears like everybody’s getting into the game. The smell of lots of tax dollars to play the “build housing for the homeless” effort has brought attention from every corner.

Pay heed taxpayers, the “spend the taxpayers dollars” wolves are gathering, and that’s where newspapers can keep us informed.

Don Curtis


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