After head tax repealed, source of funding unclear for homeless housing

Jun 18, 2018, 5:53 AM

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More people are living in vehicles in King County than last year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s plan to add more funding for temporary homeless housing is heading to the full city council Monday. But it’s still unclear where that money will come from.

The plan called for adding hundreds of beds and expanding shelter capacity as well as a sale of city land.

The question remains what will happen to the plan after the the city’s head tax was repealed.

Under the proposed plan that will be discussed at both a briefing at 9:30 a.m. and the full Seattle City Council at 2 p.m., the city would expand shelter capacity by 25 percent and add 500 beds.

The city was expected to sell a piece of land in South Lake Union to help get funds, but it also relied on millions that would have been raised by the now-repealed head tax.

Some beds would be added at the Seattle City Hall shelter and others would have been added as part of new tiny house villages.

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After head tax repealed, source of funding unclear for homeless housing