Seat­tle pulls the plug on ini­tia­tive to end home­less­ness two years after it began

Some of the rich­est peo­ple in Amer­i­ca call Seat­tle home. So do some of the poor­est.
Men, women, and chil­dren forced to sleep on the streets because of ris­ing house prices, addic­tion, or men­tal health prob­lems were told two years ago a plan was in place to save them from their night­mar­ish con­di­tions.
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The Part­ner­ship for Zero, a heav­i­ly pro­mot­ed pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship with the mis­sion of end­ing unshel­tered home­less­ness in down­town Seat­tle, was formed. Peo­ple who had been home­less were hired to do out­reach and were giv­en case man­age­ment respon­si­bil­i­ties. The goal was to decrease the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing on Seat­tle’s streets to under 30. On any giv­en night, about 1,000 peo­ple still call the streets of Seat­tle home.
Two years after it was formed, the King Coun­ty Region­al Home­less­ness Author­i­ty, or KCRHA, announced it was pulling the plug on the pilot pro­gram, cit­ing fund­ing prob­lems.
The deci­sion to shut­ter the plan has also put near­ly 40 peo­ple who had been home­less at risk of los­ing their jobs. It has also upset busi …