Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, of District 7, will host a roundtable discussion with homeless advocates on Friday morning (Feb. 5) to hear their experiences and reactions to the State of Civil Emergency relating to homelessness.

The City Council recently dedicated $7.5 million in one-time funds for homeless response, on top of the $40.5 million in ongoing funding. Bagshaw will lead a conversation asking representatives from each organization to share their experience delivering services to or advocating for people experiencing homelessness.

Those scheduled to attend include:

•Melinda Giovengo, of YouthCare;

•Chloe Gale and Kelley Craig, of Evergreen Treatment Services;

•Tim Harris, of Real Change News;

•Jarvis, of the Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE);

•Sharon Lee and Melinda Nichols, of the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI);

•Jennifer Shaw, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU);

•Lisa Daugaard, of the Public Defenders’ Association; and

•Nicole Macri, of the Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC).

The discussion will occur in the Human Services & Public Health Committee, which Bagshaw chairs, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers, on the second floor of Seattle City Hall (600 Fourth Ave.). The public will have the opportunity to testify before council members and the advocates at the close of the discussion.

The City Council is currently reviewing a proposed implementation plan for how the Human Services Department will allocate $2.3 million during the State of Civil Emergency.

Council members will further discuss the spending plan for the state of emergency at the Human Services & Public Health Committee at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10.