Mayor Norm Rice was committed to fight homelessness. Even though King County voters rejected an increase in countywide property tax to support low income housing in 1992, Seattle voters renewed their commitment to low income housing when they passed a third levy in 1995. Because of its dedication and willingness to donate or provide local funding to address the problem, Seattle receives one of the largest McKinney awards each year (federal money to support programs for homeless people).
One of the strategies that Mayor had was a call for maintaining but not increasing the existing shelter capacity, even though the shelters have to constantly reject people due to lack of space. This strategy ...view middle of the document...
Homeless people cannot be in the shelters for an extensive period of time. Shelters are there to help in the immediate need, but they are not under no circumstance a home for ever. Once a homeless person is helped, being this a Single person, or a Single parent or a family, this person needs to go with the flow and leave once they are stable so that those opportunities can be given to another person in need.
The third strategy that cough my attention shows that it is vital that the community place special attention on housing and services that help people regain long-term stability and address the underlying causes of homelessness, such as transitional housing and related services, employment services, and assistance in making a successful transition into permanent housing. This comes along with the point stated before (#2); it is important that once people get out of the shelter, they have a stable job and a stable place to live, because the last thing that is needed for a shelter is recurring people as that will basically show that the program is not working and will not create the necessary space or availability to help new people in need.
The last strategy I choose because I believe is really important is to emphasize approaches that follow clients as they progress throughout the continuum of care, including assistance to people once they enter permanent housing. I believe that all the strategies I mention go “hand to hand”. By doing this emphasis and assistance for people that got out of the shelter, they can improve what they are doing in the program because it will show if things are working are expected or in the worse scenario, it will show or give a hint on what needs to be improve in the program so that no recurring homeless people.
Pre-Implementation and Design Strategies of Mayor Schell were creating urban land trusts to ensure that rental prices do not rise out of reach of their neighbors. Each community got $80,000 to hire consultants to guide it through the planning and review process and beyond, if desired.
Based on estimates on the state of Seattle, out of the 1,300 homeless people living on the streets without shelter, more than 700 are homeless families with small children or they are single women, according to the categories described in Schell’s pledge. Counting the number of homeless people on the street at any given time is notoriously tricky, influenced by many factors.
Mayor Schell wondered how this pledge would dovetail with City priorities and plans for dealing with homelessness. These plans emphasize services to homeless people rather than just providing beds and they stress the need for other jurisdictions to share in funding homeless services. In 1997 Norm Rice did not seek a third term as Mayor and Schell decided to run, twenty years after his mayoral defeat. In his first months in office, Schell demonstrated a penchant for publicly...