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Mayor Harrell Announces 2024 Budget Proposal

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced his 2024 proposed budget, including mid-biennium adjustments to the 2023-24 budget passed last year. The proposal reflects Mayor Harrell’s continued commitment to bold actions that address urgent needs of our communities and advance shared One Seattle priorities, doubling down on what’s working, and investing in a better city for tomorrow. 

Mayor Harrell delivered details of his budget at Plymouth Housing’s The Blake House, which opened this year as part of the first affordable high-rise in Seattle in over 50 years. The building was funded and developed by a coalition of supporters and over $13 million in City investments through sources that include the 2016 Housing Levy. 

READ: Mayor Harrell’s One Seattle 2024 Budget Speech Remarks as Prepared 

WATCH LIVE: Mayor Harrell Delivers One Seattle Budget Proposal 

EXPLORE: Budget Summary and Full Proposed Budget 

“Seattle is a different city than when I took office nearly two years ago – we are continuing to see real progress, even while acknowledging the complex challenges still before us. Many of our toughest issues can’t be solved overnight but with a plan and solid investment strategy, we can show meaningful progress towards building the One Seattle we want to see,” said Mayor Harrell. “This budget doubles down on the priorities that matter for the city, focusing on critical needs like public safety and homelessness, supporting downtown and a healthy climate, and embracing a back-to-basics philosophy needed to advance Seattle’s economy, quality of life, and the essential City services residents deserve.” 

Select highlights of Mayor Harrell’s 2024 budget proposal include: 

  • $334 million investment in affordable housing, representing a 32% increase from the 2023 adopted budget. 
  • $106 million investment in the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA) to support outreach, shelter, and other critical programs. 
  • $26.5 million to support the new Community Assisted Response and Engagement (CARE) Department, an increase of 30% over 2023. 
  • $26 million for the Housing for Workforce Stabilization Fund to support permanent supportive housing providers wages. 
  • $23 million investment in human service provider wages and wage equity, representing a 9.5% increase in pay over 2023, along with childcare worker retention bonuses. 
  • $17 million toward diversion programs like LEAD, supporting the recently passed law regarding public consumption by prioritizing diversion for drug users. 
  • $15 million to support the Downtown Activation Plan (DAP) and Future of Seattle Economy agenda ($3.9 million DAP, $6.6 million Future of Seattle Economy, and $4.7 million overlapping). 
  • $2 million to expand the Seattle Fire Department’s Health 99 Post Overdose Response Team and other health services, building on $7 million toward capital improvements in treatment centers to address addiction with a health-forward approach. 
  • $1.9 million for an additional year of funding to We Deliver Care providing outreach as part of the Third Avenue Project. 
  • $1.8 million investment in piloting a new suite of advanced safety technologies to protect neighborhoods impacted by recurring gun violence, collect new evidence to solve crimes, and address the increase we see in stolen vehicles.  
  • $850,000 in start-up costs to new Social Housing Public Development Authority. 
  • $350,000 to expand Trees for Neighborhoods program to 1,300 trees planted in 2024 and evaluate siting a One Seattle Tree Nursery to grow trees locally, building on recent $12.9 million grant from the Biden-Harris administration to expand access to tree canopy. 
  • $150,000 to Immigrant and Safety Access Network to continue increased support and resources for immigrant and refugee communities. 

Additional information on key budget priorities for the 2024 budget can be found in the fact sheets below: