Saturday, July 28, marked the 1000th day of the State of Homeless Emergency declared by former Mayor Ed Murray. At the time, my concern was that this grand announcement was more about establishing executive control over homeless sweeps than truly helping people.
One child sex scandal and three mayors later, I can’t really say I was wrong.
In King county, 169 people died in 2017. This was 32 more than the previous year and nearly double that of six years ago. The rising death toll parallels a similar increase in rates of homelessness.