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Seattle lawmakers, after being pressured by business leaders to repeal a controversial tax meant to address the city’s homeless problem, have a brand new plan — turn City Hall’s lobby into a homeless shelter.
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a plan expanding the number of housing and shelter units by 25 percent. That includes an extra 100 spaces at City Hall.
The article goes on to state the following:
“When people have access to shelter, they’re more likely to take advantage of services like behavioral health, hygiene services, and employment support, and then move to permanent housing,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. “We all have to contribute to solutions to this crisis, which is why we’re opening City Hall [to] more people each night.”
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