The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a resolution that would convert sections of City Hall into homeless shelters; adding at least “100 spaces” to the property to help stem the escalating housing crisis.
The council’s decision comes weeks after officials were pressured to abandon their proposed “head tax,” a hefty tariff placed on large corporations that would force companies to raise millions to build new shelters and facilities throughout Seattle.
“When people have access to shelter, they’re more likely to take advantage of services like behavioral health, hygiene services, and employment support, and then move to permanent housing,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. “We all have to contribute to solutions to this crisis, which is why we’re opening City Hall [to] more people each night.”
According to Fox News, the homeless are to be housed in the City Hall lobby after a specified time of day and will be forced to leave the following morning.
The plan is estimated to cost taxpayers over $13 million.
Read the full story here.