Tackling Our Region’s Affordability Crisis

We all know we are facing an affordability crisis in King County. Rents in King County have increased 57 percent in the last six years, and home prices in King County have increased by $100,000 in just one year. We are blessed to live in such a desirable place with thousands of new, well-paying jobs…

Alternatives to Secure Detention

Last month, the first meeting of the King County Council’s Special Committee on Alternatives to Incarceration was held with Councilmembers Claudia Balducci, Reagan Dunn, Larry Gossett, and myself. The purpose of this new committee is to establish and review recommendations to improve the County’s alternatives to incarceration programs, including electronic home detention and work education…

A Housing State of Emergency

We must reaffirm our commitment to address our region’s housing crisis. A recent news release by the King County Housing Authority underscores the growing and urgent need for housing assistance. Unfortunately, I was not surprise to learn that in just a two-week application period, KCHA received 19,500 applications for Section 8 rental housing assistance. The…

A few highlights from 2016 on the King County Council

Looking back on my first year on the Council, I realize even more the crucial role of local governments in providing essential services. More than two million people live in King County. Since 2012, the county’s population has increased by 7.6 percent, making it the fastest growing county in the state and larger in population…

Preventing Homelessness: Focusing on Children, Youth and Families

Homelessness in King County has reached alarming numbers. Since declaring a state of emergency in November 2015, King County has made great strides in providing additional affordable housing and emergency support services for vulnerable populations. The Best Starts for Kids levy includes $19 million for a Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative to support and shelter children,…