Seattle and King County officials declared states of emergency over homelessness on Monday, backed by calls for millions of dollars for new prevention and outreach programs. Seattle Housing and Resource Effort, or SHARE, which operates 15 indoor shelters and two tent cities in King County, criticized the declarations as empty and said the money would be better put toward expanding encampments and shelters, which provide immediate, relatively cheap shelter. A One Night Count found 3,772 homeless men, women and children in King County, and more than 2,800 in Seattle – a 21 percent increase from the 2015 to 2014.
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Seattle area officials issue emergency declarations over homelessness