SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle will create a database of homeless camps and provide more than $100 million to a regional group trying to tackle the region’s ongoing crisis of people without homes.
Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the plan on Tuesday. Seattle like many West Coast cities has faced a vexing problem of unhoused people for decades.
Harrell was elected last year on a platform of addressing public safety and the issue of homeless camps in public spaces like parks. He vowed to move people into housing with on-site services.
Critics of Seattle’s efforts to move people out of camps have said the city has not created enough housing and transitional services for people.