"Throughout our budget deliberations, we kept returning to the most urgent issue of our day – affordable housing and homelessness. By weighing priorities we were able to identify $5.9 million that will be used to fund a men’s shelter and a navigation center in and around downtown Seattle. Another $1 million was set aside so the County can partner with cities that want to address homelessness in their jurisdictions. For example, a city like Kirkland, which is currently moving to build a women’s shelter, could seek support from this fund.
Beyond responding to the immediate crisis I urged my colleagues to also think about the larger problem of housing affordability and how we can prevent people from losing their homes in the first place. As a result, the Council approved my motion to work with our regional partners, such as cities, non-profits, private business, and faith-based organizations, to develop a long-term plan for how we can ensure all our residents have a safe and affordable place to live throughout King County.
In addition to looking at the big picture needs of the county, I am excited about some of the great projects and services we will be funding in District 6;"
$2 million to support the development of an aquatics and recreation facility in the Bellevue/Redmond/Kirkland area
$50,000 as a first investment for the I-90 Trail on Mercer Island
$7.6 million in funding for the Eastside Rail Corridor which will ultimately provide a unique “highway without cars” connecting Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue and Renton
$50,000 to help complete the capital vision for the Bellevue Youth Theater
$200,000 for small grants to District 6 programs that will help youth and older adults get and stay active (to be allocated in 2017)
Restored full funding to domestic violence, sexual assault and civil legal aid programs, including the Eastside Legal Assistance Program"
The City of Redmond wants to hear from you about their plans for city aquatics center, community center, teen center, and senior center.