Seattle Names First Homelessness Czar
Mayor Ed Murray taps experienced public-relations manager that has good relationships with local advocates to be Seattle's first homelessness czar.
Murray, who took office in 2014, proclaimed a homelessness state of emergency in Seattle last November. In January, the annual One Night Count found more than 4,500 people without shelter in Seattle and across King County," writes Daniel Beekman.
SEATTLE, WASH. -- Mayor Ed Murray has hired Seattle’s first-ever cabinet-level director of homelessness, he said Tuesday.
George Scarola will lead the city’s fight against homelessness across multiple departments, the mayor said.
“Homelessness is a national epidemic, leaving cities like Seattle stepping in to fill the large gaps left behind by state and federal agencies,” the mayor said in a news release.
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