King County leaders launch regional homelessness strategy

King County leaders want to attack the homelessness problem together.

Seattle and King County leaders announced plans Friday to create "One Table," which is a regional approach to homelessness and affordability.

It was an opportunity for Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine to lead a conversation on how to approach the growing homeless crisis.

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The Downtown Seattle Association applauded the move, saying it was a big step in the right direction.

“We know homelessness is complex and alignment between the County and City will help ensure that resources are properly applied to the many contributing factors that have led to so many people living unsheltered in our area,” a Downtown Seattle Association spokesperson said in a statement.

While they provided no solutions, it was a chance to gather people from across the county hoping to bring some new ideas to the table and to the King County area.

One of those is the mayor of Auburn, Nancy Backus.

"We have to look at the individuals on the street, and we have to be able to provide services to them," said Backus.

Backus said the city is working to partner with the community to offer new services, such as a new day shelter called Ray of Hope.

Debbie Christian helped open up the Ray of Hope

“This is the scary number nobody wants to hear: We've actually registered 250 people," said Christian.

The center has been open since August. It provides a meal, showers, and resources for homeless people in the area. Staff members also help get them driver’s licenses and IDs.

"Having their ID back is another sense of dignity for them," said Christian.

The day shelter has a lease for the next year, and leaders are hoping to make a lasting impact.