Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s third ‘State of the City’ address Tuesday took place at the Rainier Arts Center.
The mayor’s speech focused on progress on all major issues in the city, including homelessness, the Seattle promise program, and public safety.
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“In the last two years, together we have taken bold action to make our progressive values real in people’s lives,” Durkan said. “Because of our shared actions and commitment, I can tell you today the state of our city is strong and resilient.”
Durkan believes progress comes from hard work and commitment, bringing people together to accomplish a common goal.
Homelessness was featured early on in Tuesday’s speech, highlighting the successes of a “transformed shelter system,” more permanent housing, and the first time since 2012 that “the annual Point in Time Count showed a decline in the number of people living unsheltered.”
“We believe that in a region as prosperous as ours, no one should experience homelessness, and that everyone should have access to safe and affordable housing,” Durkan said.
While Durkan made the progress of the past two years evident, she also recognized there is more to be done. This was a sentiment expressed more than once during her address, in regards to the housing crisis, opportunities for youth, and increasing public safety.
In two years of the Seattle Promise program, which pays for two years of college for Seattle high school graduates, application numbers have continued to rise. This year, 400 students are are attending

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