If you’re looking for some good news, here it is. This year, everyone from Washington Rep. Drew Stokesbury (R-Auburn) to Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant agrees that addressing homelessness is a top priority. And, they agree we need a revenue strategy to get there.
But that’s pretty much where agreement ends.
Stokesbury wants to fund housing and services with a sales tax increase, but there are strings attached. Cities would benefit only if they outlaw safe consumption sites and prohibit homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools, parks and courthouses.