In an earlier article on this site we described the $700,000 Seattle youth PB process. Since then its been reported that $300,000 of that money, nearly 50%, went on initiatives to help reduce the plight of homeless people in the city, including young homeless.
The process started in January with several assemblies where the public brainstormed ideas for projects it would like to see in their communities. The 20 youth delegates turned those ideas into 19 concrete proposals with help from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and City staff. Now that the choices have been made, City staff and local agencies will implement the projects.
Ansel Herz reported the story on ‘The Stranger’ website and a related an online poll showed nearly 70% of people reading the article approved of the idea of giving young people a say like this.
Talking about the process Mayor Ed Murray said "Through this process, we learned that young people are concerned about the homelessness crisis gripping our city, as well as issues of equity and public safety."