Seattle Declares Homelessness State of Emergency

City Sees 21% Homelessness Increase Since 2014

Mayor Ed MurrayJoining Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Hawaii, the city of Seattle has responded to its growing homelessness problem by declaring a state of emergency.

Mayor Ed Murray declared the civil emergency Monday, November 2, 2015, noting that 45 homeless people have died this year in Seattle.

As of the 2015 Point-in-Time Count, 3,772 people experienced un-sheltered homelessness on a given night in Seattle and King County, a 21 percent increase since 2014.

“Seattle is facing an emergency as a result of the growing crisis in homelessness. The City is prepared to do more as the number of people in crisis continues to rise, but our federal and state partners must also do more. Cities cannot do this alone. Addressing homelessness must be a national priority with a federal response.”

Mayor Ed Murray.

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