When the Federal Government Ties Homeless Funding to Unemployment Rates
King County, Washington, home to the city of Seattle, no longer qualifies for millions in funding for homelessness services provided by the federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), reports Eilis O'Neill.
"FEMA looks at the unemployment and federal poverty rates to measure which counties get funding. And unemployment in King County dropped this year, so it no longer qualifies," explains O'Neill.
Local advocates and social workers noticed the irony of the situation. "Lauren McGowan, with United Way of King County, said the irony is that the region’s prosperity is helping drive homelessness,' according to O'Neill. The United Way is appealing FEMA's decision.