As the number of people without access to emergency shelters grows, and as tents continue to pop up on public right-of-way and vacant lots throughout Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray is proposing additional shelter capacity and a new look at permitted encampments within the city.
Mayor Murray’s Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness began its work in mid-October. The group included human service providers, advocates for those impacted by homelessness, and faith and community leaders, and was chaired by Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim. Members of the task force appeared yesterday before the Seattle City Council to outline eight recommendations.
Mayor Murray today endorsed several of those recommendations, some of which will provide nearly immediate relief to those living on the street, while other steps will take more time to implement.