Getting cooperation on a single path to fight homelessness in the region will be difficult but essential to tackling the crisis.

Fighting homelessness has long been a mission driven by compassion, but now data is rising to the fore. It’s going to be difficult to get a successful mix of the two, but it is possible and necessary.

Last week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released two reports that suggest ways the city and surrounding area can do a better job of reducing homelessness, and both reports emphasize relying on data to judge the effectiveness of programs and to make an unwieldy system of responses more manageable. That’s all good.

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