FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/4/2016
Councilmember Bagshaw to Convene Homeless Advocates for Roundtable Review
SEATTLE – Councilmember Sally Bagshaw will host a roundtable discussion with homeless advocates on Friday morning to hear their experiences and reactions to the State of Civil Emergency relating to homelessness. Recently, the Council dedicated $7.5 million in one-time funds for homeless response, on top of the $40.5 million in ongoing funding.
Councilmember Bagshaw will lead a conversation asking representatives from each organization to share their experience delivering services to or advocating for people experiencing homelessness. The discussion will occur in the Human Services & Public Health Committee, chaired by Councilmember Bagshaw. The public will have the opportunity to testify before Councilmembers and the advocates at the close of the discussion.
Councilmember Bagshaw stated, “I have invited our service providers who are working every day with some of our most vulnerable community members to take the time to talk with us. The goal is to balance both compassion and public safety.”
Council is currently reviewing a proposed implementation plan for how the Human Services Department will allocate $2.3 million dollars during the State of Civil Emergency. Councilmembers will further discuss the spending plan for the state of emergency at the Human Services & Public Health Committee at 2 p.m. on February 10.
Special Council Human Services & Public Health Committee – Roundtable Discussion with Homeless Advocates
Friday, February 5
Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave., Seattle 98104
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Melinda Giovengo, YouthCare
Chloe Gale and Kelley Craig, Evergreen Treatment Services
Tim Harris, Real Change News
Jarvis, Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE)
Sharon Lee and Melinda Nichols, Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Jennifer Shaw, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Lisa Daugaard, Public Defenders’ Association
Nicole Macri, Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC)
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