Impacting Homelessness

This is a summary of Nathaniel's thoughts on impacting homelessness, read his full proposals here

tiny_homes.jpgOlympia’s voters have made it clear they want the city to act to relieve the plight of vulnerable people and the effects of homelessness on our city. As Mayor, I will lead a firm but compassionate effort to move people from the street into homes and transform downtown Olympia into a safe and inviting activity center.

Through collaborative leadership I will deliver a practical, effective strategy to guide our progress. I will engage local organizations and partners to launch a broad, community-wide response.  I will work to keep people in their homes, expand our housing stock, and fight to provide more drug treatment and mental health services. I will advocate for additional housing development within our urbanized areas and for systems that create stability for those people who are committed to re-engaging with the community. I will push for homeless prevention initiatives as one of our most cost-effective tools. Our response will be data-driven and based on best practices.

We need to open additional stabilization sites and close troublesome unsanctioned camps right away.  We need to offer basic services for those who are ready to move back into the community. We need to work together as a region of people and organizations to assure that our responses are effective, coordinated, and sustainable.  

A Mayor can’t solve this crisis alone.  I will engage leaders from throughout Thurston County to collaborate on solutions that work for everyone through a robust and effective Thurston County 5-year Homeless Response Plan, and I will advocate for improved state-level policies and resources to mount a vigorous response.  There are no simple solutions. It takes moving a lot of different levers to bring about real change.  I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I have the wisdom and experience to manage all of these dynamics effectively and compassionately.

Upcoming actions should include:

  • Coordinated eviction prevention services.  No one should be evicted to the street because they have lost their income.
  • Additional stabilization sites that offer basic services for those who are ready to move back into the community.  The prompt closure of troublesome unsanctioned camps.
  • More drug treatment and mental health services.
  • Policies for new housing construction that make a portion affordable for low- and moderate-income residents. Targeted expansion of property tax exemptions for low-income housing within our growth areas.
  • A sustained, coordinated, and effective regional response of people and organizations.  An outreach campaign to ensure the entire community is informed, engaged, and unified.

This is a summary of Nathaniel's thoughts on impacting homelessness, read his full proposals here

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