Mayor Declares State of Emergency in Response to Homeless Crisis

Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine have declared emergencies, and joined by Seattle City Councilmembers Mike O’Brien, Sally Bagshaw and John Okamoto, outlined new investments to respond to the growing crisis of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Seattle and King County.

“Seattle is facing an emergency as a result of the growing crisis in homelessness. The City is prepared to do more as the number of people in crisis continues to rise, but our federal and state partners must also do more. Cities cannot do this alone. Addressing homelessness must be a national priority with a federal response.”

-Mayor Ed Murray

Murray and Seattle City Councilmembers have outlined a $5.3 million package to respond to the growing demand for services.

For more information, see details of the new City investments and Frequently Asked Questions.

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