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Vote "Yes" on Proposition 1: The King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Service Levy

Posted on 10/21/17 by Jason Erskine, AARP Washington

King County voters this November will be asked to renew Proposition 1, “The King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy,” an effort to expand our commitment to strengthening communities.

Since 2012, the Levy has served nearly 35,000 King County residents a year. For about eight cents more a day for the typical homeowner, the renewed levy will provide vital services like job training, employment opportunities, and housing stability to veterans, seniors, domestic violence survivors, and more. The Levy extends existing efforts that have proven effective in reducing unemployment, homelessness, and emergency medical costs.

At around $28 more per year, or about $2.50 per month, Proposition 1 is a cost-effective, proven, and accountable approach to helping break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. It combines employment, mental health, and housing services in one package to address the complex challenges facing too many veterans, seniors, and others in our communities.

Older adults are the fastest growing demographic in King County. The Levy will help prevent seniors from aging into poverty by creating and expanding housing programs and providing tax relief to low-income seniors. It will support Meals on Wheels and other food programs for low-income seniors. And it will invest in senior centers county-wide by helping to fund senior activities and programs that promote physical, social, and emotional health

According to a recent AARP survey of Seattle residents age 45+, more than 63% say it is extremely important to remain in their current homes for as long as possible. By providing support for home and community based services, the Levy can help save families and the state money that would otherwise be spent on more expensive institutional care.

AARP’s survey also showed that 55% of older Seattle residents are either currently a family caregiver or expect to be in the near future. In Washington state, these unsung heroes provide more than $10 billion in unpaid care each year. The Levy will help support these family members who are an integral part of our health network.

AARP is among dozens of organizations supporting the “Yes on Proposition 1” effort, including the King County Veteran’s Consortium, the local chapter of Stand Down, Sound Generations, the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, Catholic Community Services of King County, SEIU 775. El Centro de la Raza and others.

Proposition 1 has also been endorsed by the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and The Stranger.  Learn more by viewing the short video below or visiting www.yesonprop1.com, and please join us in voting “Yes” on the King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy.

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