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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2021

29
JUL

King County sets $96 million in purchase agreements for Health Through Housing properties in Federal Way, Pioneer Square, and North Seattle
King County announced purchase agreements for three additional properties for Health Through Housing, bringing the total acquisitions for the initiative to eight properties. Once purchased, the buildings located in Federal Way, Pioneer Square, and North Seattle, will provide 313 safe, affordable homes for King County’s chronically homeless residents.

28
JUL

Executive Constantine transmits Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan to the King County Council
Executive Constantine transmitted the Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan and proposed ordinance that, if enacted, would adopt the plan to govern strategies, programs, and expenditures should the levy be approved for renewal by voters this August. The expanded levy would generate more than $880 million over six years for investment in the plan’s eight key programs and projects.

28
JUL

Constantine signs new executive order to restart inquests of officer-involved deaths
After a unanimous decision in the Washington State Supreme Court upholding King County's process for conducting inquests, King County Executive Dow Constantine issued an executive order that further refines the proceedings, setting the stage for restarting delayed inquests and reviewing dozens of other officer-involved deaths.

21
JUL

King County purchases Auburn hotel for Health Through Housing
King County has purchased the former Clarion Inn in Auburn to provide housing to 102 people experiencing chronic homelessness. This is the fifth purchase in County Executive Dow Constantine’s Health through Housing initiative to provide supportive housing for people experiencing chronic or long-term homelessness. With acquisitions to date, Health through Housing will provide approximately 535 units for King County’s chronically homeless residents.

15
JUL

Constantine statement on Washington Supreme Court inquest decision
On July 15, the state Supreme Court released its decision in a case challenging the way that King County conducts inquests. An inquest is an administrative, fact-finding inquiry into the causes and circumstances of a death at the hands of law enforcement officers.

14
JUL

Redmond hotel is latest King County Health Through Housing purchase
King County has purchased the former Silver Cloud Inn in Redmond to provide housing to people experiencing chronic homelessness. This is the fourth purchase in County Executive Dow Constantine’s Health through Housing initiative to provide supportive housing for people experiencing chronic or long-term homelessness. With acquisitions to date, Health through Housing will provide approximately 433 units for King County’s chronically homeless residents.

13
JUL

King County launches first in the nation pilot program to house homeless Veterans
The Collaborative Case Management (CCM) Pilot Program, the first of its kind in the nation, blends federal Veteran housing vouchers with King County Veterans Program supportive services to make stable housing possible for more than 140 local Veterans.

8
JUL

King County expands Health Through Housing initiative with third hotel purchase in partnership with City of Seattle
King County has purchased the former Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Seattle and will partner with City officials to provide supportive housing for approximately 99 people experiencing chronic or long-term homelessness. This is the third hotel purchase in County Executive Dow Constantine’s Health through Housing initiative. To date, Health through Housing will provide approximately 289 units for King County’s chronically homeless residents.

23
JUN

Results of heat mapping project show inequitable impact of hotter summers, will inform actions by King County and City of Seattle
The results of a heat mapping project that King County and the City of Seattle conducted last summer quantifies the harmful impact that hotter summers are having on the region, exacerbating inequities. The scientific study will inform both immediate and long-term actions.

22
JUN

King County announces second Health Through Housing hotel purchase in partnership with City of Renton
King County has purchased the former Extended Stay America hotel in Renton and will launch a partnership with the City of Renton to provide permanent supportive housing for more than 100 people experiencing chronic homelessness. This is the second hotel purchase in County Executive Dow Constantine’s Health through Housing initiative.

18
JUN

Continued pandemic response, rental assistance, court backlog, and equitable recovery investments in $200 million eighth COVID emergency supplemental budget
Executive Constantine transmitted his eighth COVID emergency supplemental budget to the King County Council, appropriating $200 million in funding, including $70 million from the American Rescue Plan.

15
JUN

King County completes 70 percent vaccination; mask directive to end June 29
King County has crossed the 70 percent threshold for residents age 16+ to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series, and is the largest county in the nation to reach 70% amongst adult residents. The Local Health Officer’s directive on mask use will end on June 29.

15
JUN

NOTICIAS: el condado de King completa la vacunación al 70 por ciento; directiva de mascarillas hasta el 29 de junio
Con más de 1.3 millones de residentes mayores de 16 años completando su serie de vacunas, el nivel de vacunación de la comunidad también terminará con la directiva de uso de mascarillas del Oficial de Salud Local en dos semanas el 29 de junio.

15
JUN

Urgent gun violence prevention investments in Executive Constantine budget proposal
Executive Constantine introduced new priority investments to prevent gun violence, including scaling up the Regional Peacekeepers Collective in a new emergency budget amendment proposal to the County Council.

8
JUN

King County selects Community Investment Committee members to guide $10 million investments in urban unincorporated areas
A review group of community members and King County staff selected 21 residents of different backgrounds and geographies for a new committee to create a process that will allow communities to choose how to invest $10 million in their neighborhoods.

26
MAY

Protecting and restoring Bear Creek watershed, one of the most productive salmon habitats in all of King County
A key segment of the Bear Creek watershed near Redmond – one of the most productive salmon habitats in the Central Puget Sound region – is now permanently protected, the latest progress by the Land Conservation Initiative launched by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

25
MAY

Executive Constantine statement on passage of $630 million COVID emergency supplemental budget
"The investments in this emergency budget will help every community in King County turn this moment of recovery into an opportunity to make a permanent and positive difference for all people."

25
MAY

Lace up your hiking boots for summer: Trailhead Direct returns June 5
Trailhead Direct transit service returns June 5 with service to Issaquah Alps and Mount Si. Both routes are easily accessible to Sound Transit Link Light Rail.

19
MAY

Executive Constantine thanks retiring Public Health Director, names interim director
King County Executive Dow Constantine thanks Public Health – Seattle & King County Director Patty Hayes for 30 years of public service as she steps down at the end of May. Dennis Worsham, a public health leader in Washington state for over 20 years, will serve as Interim Director.

18
MAY

King County launches construction of future RapidRide H Line
King County Executive Dow Constantine today joined city, county, and community leaders to mark the launch of construction of the future RapidRide H Line. Transit improvements spanning 13 miles from downtown to Seattle to Burien will upgrade the speed, reliability, and customer experience for the current Route 120.

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