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By Cameron Sheppard and Leona Vaughn
WNPA News Service 

Homelessness emergency grabs the attention of lawmakers

Many suggestions for dealing with homelessness


Last updated 1/10/2020 at 11:35am

Photo courtesy of Leona Vaughn

Discussing homeless on Thursday were, from left, Associated Press Olympia correspondent Rachel La Corte, Rep. Nicole Macri, D-Seattle, Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, and Rep. Morgan Irwin, R-Enumclaw

Lawmakers are scrambling to confront a crisis that leaves people sleeping out in the cold and rain. 

The complex contributing factors of homelessness in Washington are creating a formidable challenge for state lawmakers.

At a Legislative preview, arranged by the Associated Press Thursday, Jan. 9, lawmakers outlined a number of sometimes conflicting strategies to deal with the plight of people who live on the streets.

According to the Washington State Department of Commerce's 2018 Annual Report on Homeless Grant Programs, the number of people living unsheltered in the state has exceeded 10,...

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