Addressing the crisis of homelessness in Seattle is an urgent and ongoing mission. To provide immediate relief and create sustainable solutions, we are committed to pursuing the following priorities:
1. Breaking Down the Red Tape for Shelter Access:
We recognize the urgency of getting people off the streets and into shelter. To expedite this process, we are dedicated to streamlining bureaucratic barriers that often hinder access to shelter services. We need to provide 24/7 access to shelter, making it easier for individuals and families in need to find a safe place to be and much needed resources. Our goal is to ensure that no one has to endure the hardships of homelessness for longer than necessary.
2. Immediate Outreach to Evolving Encampments:
As our city’s homelessness situation evolves, it’s crucial that we adapt and respond swiftly. We will prioritize proactive outreach to tent and RV encampments, connecting residents with essential services, including healthcare, mental health support, and addiction treatment when needed. Our approach is centered on seeking to address the immediate needs of those living in these encampments while working towards longer-term solutions. This will also alleviate encampments from being so big that they create issues for their surrounding neighbors.
I’d also support partnering with proven organizations such as JustCARE, to have a robust social worker network. We need more social workers that work closely with our unhoused population, and they need to be well compensated for the crucial work they do.
3. Building More Tiny Homes, Safe Lots, and Shelters:
To combat homelessness comprehensively, we must invest in additional tiny homes, safe lots, and shelters across Seattle. These alternative housing options offer individuals a safer and more dignified place to stay while they work toward securing permanent housing. We also need to hold the staffing at these areas accountable for the residents, and enforce the rules of the shelters. We’ll also need the police force to deal with any crises that may occur, and respond if there’s an increase in non-emergency crime.
Homelessness is a complex issue that requires multifaceted solutions. We are dedicated to both immediate action and the implementation of long-term strategies that will lead to a Seattle where everyone has a safe and stable place to call home. Together, we can build a more inclusive and compassionate city where homelessness is a problem of the past.