Why doesn’t the City stop this project?

The HTH use is a legal use in Redmond and fulfills a need for housing for all. During the last legislative session, a new law (House Bill 1220) was passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Inslee which preempts the City’s authority to prohibit transitional housing or permanent supportive housing in any zones where residential dwelling units or hotels are allowed. This article helps explain House Bill 1220 and its impact on communities - MRSC - Changing Your Zoning Code to Accommodate Housing and Shelters for the Homeless. As a result, the City is playing a supporting rather than a lead role in the program rollout. The City of Redmond values being a welcoming community that is committed to promoting a variety of housing choices for all and meeting the housing needs of people who require supportive services, including those experiencing homelessness. The City’s commitment to supportive community services can be reviewed on the Redmond THRIVE webpage at www.redmond.gov/Thrive. In addition, the City has recently completed a comprehensive Housing Action Plan, available here, which outlines the need for housing for all income levels. Individuals experiencing homelessness live among us now, in bushes and cars throughout our community. Redmond is committed to progressively meeting the humanitarian crisis that faces us in partnership with King County.

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1. Who purchased the Redmond Silver Cloud Inn for a Health Through Housing facility?
2. Did the County require approval from the City to purchase and locate a HTH facility in Redmond?
3. What is the intended use of the Silver Cloud Inn building?
4. What is the City’s role in HTH?
5. Does the Redmond Zoning Code (RZC) allow for this use of long-term or transitional housing in this location?
6. When did the City learn about the County’s desire to locate a HTH facility in Redmond?
7. Why doesn’t the City stop this project?
8. : Did the City recruit the County to locate a HTH facility in Redmond?
9. When did the Mayor’s Office make City Council aware of this program in Redmond?
10. Are there homeless people in Redmond?
11. Why did the City not require community outreach?
12. Will the City be involved in choosing and monitoring an operator for the facility?
13. How will the City ensure safety for the community?
14. Will the City forbid use of drugs and alcohol at the HTH facility?
15. Will there be a community meeting?
16. Will the City consider making it illegal to camp or sleep outside in public spaces?
17. What is an interim official control that the Redmond City Council adopted on August 17, 2021?
18. How does the interim official control change the process that existed when the County purchased the Silver Cloud property under the HB 1220 legislation?
19. Will the City Council hold a public hearing regarding the interim official control?