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Seattle leaders declare homeless emergency

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Seattle leaders declare homeless emergency Seattle leaders declare homeless emergency

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's mayor, council members and the King County Executive have declared the city's growing homelessness an emergency situation.
    
Mayor Ed Murray and Executive Dow Constantine signed proclamations on Monday in response to the crisis and outlined a $5.3 million package to address the demands for services.
    
Murray says the city is prepared to do more but says federal and state partners need to step up, too. He says homelessness should be a national priority with a federal response.
    
Constantine has proposed $2 million in investments that would address immediate human needs and target the root causes of homelessness.
    
The state reports that 35,000 people in King County become homeless at some point during the year.
    
Councilmember John Okamoto says emergency shelters are needed but new investments in prevention will help reduce the long-term problem of homelessness.

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