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By Cameron Sheppard and Leona Vaughn
WNPA News Service 

Homeless emergency grabs attention of lawmakers


January 15, 2020

Lawmakers are scrambling to confront a crisis that leaves people sleeping out in the streets. The complex of 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 with no roof over their heads.

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 10,000.

“Homelessness is not one thing,” said Rep. Morgan Irwin, R-Enumclaw, during Thursday mo...

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