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August 20, 2013

Shelters critical part of network to move homeless to permanent housing

I applaud The Olympian’s concern about homelessness in our community expressed in an Aug. 15 editorial, but I disagree with its conclusions about the county’s Home Consortium recent funding decisions. We had to choose among $5 million dollars in proposed projects when we had just over $2 million in available funds. We spread that $2 million over several projects that represent a balance between capital projects and ongoing services for people who are homeless or have very low incomes. We are working, as we have for several years, to create a coherent system of housing and related services to solve the problem of homelessness.

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