The Concept of Program Reengineering
Modern Public Administration
May 20, 2012
Analyze four (4) policy choices of Mayor Schell that were made as part of the strategy for the homeless. In 1998, Mayor Paul Schell spoke to the press about the needs of homeless families, women and children. He asked City Council to support providing immediate emergency assistance to homeless families and single women. He also made a firm pledge that by Christmas 1998, there would be no homeless families or homeless single women on the streets of Seattle. Seattle citizens approved two significant property tax increases to support low income housing during the 1980s, raising $50 million in 1981 and another $50 million in 1986. Since then, Seattle has had a financial commitment to fight the problem of homelessness. Each year in King County, many millions of dollars are devoted to addressing homelessness. Major funders include the federal, state, city and county governments. The United Way, public housing authorities and private foundations have also contributed to the cause. Each year the total funding received to operate and support homeless shelters in King County exceeds $6 million. Also, $8 million is allocated each year for transitional housing units (91% of all these units are in Seattle). In 1998, Seattle spent almost $8 million serving the homeless. This total included $4 million spent on emergency shelters and transitional housing, $1 million for emergency food services and $1 million for social services related to housing. The City has helped fund the development of more than 4,000 units of permanent low-income housing since 1987. Analyze the Pre-Implementation and Design Strategies of Mayor Schell and interpret four (4) practical outcomes of his choices. The city of Seattle’s mayor tried to implement policies that were best for the traditional residents and the homeless residents of the city. However, it is difficult to achieve a mix that accommodates...