Just before the end of the year, King County and the City of Seattle authorized the creation of a Regional Homelessness Authority, our region’s first-ever unified government agency coordinating all aspects of the homelessness response system.

This new Regional Homelessness Authority will build upon lessons learned from communities across the country and will have an important impact by eliminating fragmentation and redundancies across the system. Under the previous model, people experiencing homelessness in King County faced several confusing and sometimes contradictory bureaucracies that got in the way of actually caring for people. The new Regional Authority will put everything under one roof for the first time ever, making it easier for everyone to get the help they need.

Throughout 2019, Campion worked with a coalition of philanthropies, businesses, nonprofits, and people who have experienced homelessness to build support for the Regional Authority. We are grateful for the steady leadership of King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, and numerous county and city councilmembers who made this new Authority possible. We also extend our sincere appreciation to every person who stood up to make their voice heard during the process.

Looking ahead, we are now focused on identifying a roadmap for how our region can make meaningful progress in reducing homelessness and dramatically increasing affordable housing over the next five years. The creation of the of the Regional Homelessness Authority is a huge victory, but it was just one small step – one of many that we will have to take before everyone in our community has a safe and stable place to live.

To learn more about our regional homelessness efforts and to stay engaged, visit WeAreIn.org.