Mayor Schell’s Zero Homeless Family Strategy

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Mayor Schell’s Zero Homeless Family Strategy Lasheona Starr Dingle November 24, 2012 Professor Timothy Smith Modern Public Administration: PAD 500 On November 4, 1997 Paul Schell was elected Mayor of Seattle, Washington. Mayor Schell began his term on January 1, 1998. Mayor Schell spoke to the press on June 2, 1998 about the needs of the homeless families, families with children and single women. Mayor Schell asked for City Council’s support in providing immediate emergency assistance to homeless families and single women; firmly pledging that by Christmas of 1998, there would be no homeless families or homeless single women on the streets of Seattle (The Electronic Hallway). Four of the policy choices that Mayor Schell made as part of the strategy for the homeless were: • Maintaining the shelter capacity not increasing it. Each year there were thousands of homeless people that were turned away due to the lack of space. By doing this it would allow for the resources to be available to other services therefore helping to improve the programs for the homeless (The Electronic Hallway). • Help people regain long-term stability. Mayor Schell knew that being in a homeless facility was only short-term fix. His goal was to have those individuals take advantage of services that were being offered to them such as employment services and transitional housing (Norton, 2010). • Be more proactive in preventing homelessness. There could be over 1,300 people that would be homeless on any night in Seattle and 700 of those are families. The lack of affordable housing is one of the main reasons for the increasing numbers of homeless people in Seattle. Helping these families and individuals with affordable housing could solve some of this concern. Of course there will be altering life
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