March to end homelessness goes through downtown Seattle

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by GREG COPELAND / KING 5 News

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KING5.com

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 1:36 PM

Dozens of homeless people who spent the night camped at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, marched to city hall Wednesday morning to emphasize the need for more homeless housing.

The permitted walk started around 7:45 a.m. at Westlake Park, made its way down 5th Avenue, and tied up traffic for about an hour. The march coincided with a meeting of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County.

Numbers show roughly 3,000 people sleep on the streets any given night in King County. That number used to be much higher, but the city and county have made progress under the 10-year plan to end homelessness in the county.

Since 2005, the county has been working to build more housing for the chronic homeless, families, and single adults.

The county says it has reached 57 percent of its goal to build 9,500 units total. The biggest void is in single adult dwellings, with just 1,200 built of the 4,800 planned units.

Director of King County Services Adrienne Quinn said they've helped 34,000 homeless over the past eight years.

"We continue to have new people becoming homeless and now it's time to do even harder work," Quinn said.

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