Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia) issued the following statement after the Paul G. Allen Foundation announced a $30 million investment and partnership with Mercy Housing to help house homeless families in Seattle:
“I’m truly thankful to Paul Allen and his foundation for reinvesting $30 million in our community. When $5 million in City dollars is leveraged by such a large donation from philanthropic leaders, we will see big changes. More families will be housed, more children stabilized and more people given a second chance.
“Mercy Housing, led by their stalwart leader, Bill Rumpf is a wonderful partner. We’ve worked closely with Bill on past projects, and through Mercy’s dedication, compassion, and diligence families and children will be offered help they need.
“Paul G. Allen Foundation now joins regional leaders including Starbucks, Amazon, the Raikes Foundation and others who are investing in innovative solutions to homelessness. With these dollars, we can put our arms around our neighbors who need our support.
“This is a truly wonderful day.”