A ringing gong symbolically honors many of the homeless people counted in King County. The Homeless Student Stability Act, Senate Bill 5065, will help many of the state’s 32, 494 homeless students. (TRT: 1:29) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD Sen. David Frockt of Seattle is featured in the wrap.

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[Gong ring, cheering and clapping]

First Lady Trudi Inslee was the first person Wednesday to ring a gong that was rung 3,772 times – one ring for each person counted during the One Night Count by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. Homelessness has risen across Washington State and impacts every community. Sen. David Frockt of Seattle:

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle: (TRT: 37 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “We have a crisis in this state and unfortunately the problem, it doesn’t appear to be getting better, it’s getting worse, in particular with respect to children who are in schools. We’ve had an increase of over 56 percent in the last several years – almost 32 thousand kids now in our school system are housing unstable. They’re either homeless, living in a shelter, they’re couch surfing, or their families are transient. There’s just a huge problem and we have to recognize who these kids are and try to take intentional steps to improve services for them and also give them some stability because there is no way they can possibly succeed in school if we don’t address that.”

Frockt is sponsoring the Homeless Student Stability Act, Senate Bill 5065. It will help students and their families by connecting them with housing stability assistance and support in schools. There are approximately 32, 494 homeless students in Washington.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.

[gong rings twice]