In her recent State of the City speech, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan proclaimed that the city was “strong and resilient” but that challenges remain to be addressed.
Much of Durkan’s speech addressed the city’s growing homelessness and housing affordability issues. She covered Seattle’s latest investments to create affordable housing and noted that the city now offers daily 24-hour-a-day services regarding shelter space and counseling to progress to permanent housing.
In a wide-ranging speech, Durkan also affirmed her commitment to seeking a unified, regional approach to address homelessness, an issue not constrained by city boundaries but present in suburbs and rural areas as well. While the overwhelming majority of homeless people are law-abiding, the ongoing criminal behavior of a small minority of homeless individuals has made life more difficult for Seattle retailers, their employees, and their customers.
Another goal, she said, was to improve Seattle’s affordability.
“People who work in Seattle should be able to afford to live in Seattle,” she said. “Let’s build that better Seattle together.”
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