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Vote yes on levy for King County veterans | Letters

In August, we will have the opportunity to vote to continue the Veterans and Human Services Levy. The levy is successful by supporting cost-effective programs that honor our veterans and protect the most vulnerable. The public policy committee of the Alliance of Nonprofits supports a yes vote on this measure.

The levy allocates approximately $13.3 million per year for six years to implement housing and human services for veterans and other vulnerable populations. Half of the revenue targets veterans and their families, the remaining half is dedicated to other King County residents in need of human services.

The levy identifies three goal areas for service enhancements and funding allocations:

1. Reduce homelessness and emergency medical costs

2. Reduce criminal justice system involvement

3. Increase self-sufficiency by means of employment

These investments are needed more than ever during these tough economic times. The average homeowner would invest only $17 annually.

The levy has directly impacted the lives of 82,000 veterans, their families, and other members of the community since its original passage in 2005.

The levy provides non-profit organizations with funds to build affordable housing and deliver supportive services to veterans, working families and vulnerable members of our community. It also supports services like job training, treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD, behavioral health services, and services for new mothers and infants.

Let your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues know how important renewal of the Veterans and Human Services Levy is for our communities. Urge them to vote yes on King County Proposition 1 this August.

Sandra Klungness, Auburn


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