Homelessness http://kplu.org en Pilot Program In Pierce County Helping Families Escape Homelessness http://kplu.org/post/pilot-program-pierce-county-helping-families-escape-homelessness <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Across the country, more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight. It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street.</span></p><p>In Washington state alone, there are <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/number-homeless-students-wash-state-rises-again-tops-30000">more than 30,000 homeless children</a>. And for these kids, getting their homework done is the least of their problems. Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:25:27 +0000 Taylor Winkel 14691 at http://kplu.org Pilot Program In Pierce County Helping Families Escape Homelessness Seattle May Soon Have A Citywide System Of Lockers To Serve Homeless Residents http://kplu.org/post/seattle-may-soon-have-citywide-system-lockers-serve-homeless-residents <p>Seattle city leaders are working to establish a citywide system of lockers for the city’s homeless residents, council members Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell announced in a <a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/02/11/want-to-help-homeless-people-prosper-provide-lockers" target="_blank">guest blog post in The Stranger</a> on Tuesday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lockers, the council members wrote, would free homeless residents from having to “drag your possessions with you to your interview, on your back, in bags, whatever you have,&nbsp;stigmatizing you for sure as homeless.”</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:11:31 +0000 Martha Kang 13524 at http://kplu.org Seattle May Soon Have A Citywide System Of Lockers To Serve Homeless Residents Seattle Architect Giving Up Designing Million-Dollar Houses To Help The Homeless http://kplu.org/post/seattle-architect-giving-designing-million-dollar-houses-help-homeless <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rex </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hohlbein</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had been designing luxurious homes for more than two decades when his life began to shift.</span></p><p>He began inviting homeless people into the office of his architecture firm to warm up, use the bathroom and get a cup of coffee. Pretty soon, he found it hard to spend his days designing million-dollar homes when he was meeting so many people he found sleeping in tents or under a doorway.</p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12065 at http://kplu.org Seattle Architect Giving Up Designing Million-Dollar Houses To Help The Homeless Downtown Seattle's Only Shelter for Young Homeless Adults Closing http://kplu.org/post/downtown-seattles-only-shelter-young-homeless-adults-closing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The only overnight shelter for young adults in downtown Seattle is about to close due to money troubles.</span></p><p>YouthCare says funding from a private grant has run out and as a result, its 20-bed shelter will close in January.</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 02:00:38 +0000 Florangela Davila 10886 at http://kplu.org Council gets a warning about dismantling homeless camp http://kplu.org/post/council-gets-warning-about-dismantling-homeless-camp <p></p><p>Homeless residents of a large Seattle tent city warn that closing down their camp will have dire consequences, while city council members left the door open to keep the camp dwellers together.</p><p>About 125 residents make their home at the West Seattle site known as Nickelsville. Advocates told members of a city council committee Wednesday that many of those tent dwellers will die on the streets if the city moves forward with threatened evictions September 1st.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:02:35 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9063 at http://kplu.org Council gets a warning about dismantling homeless camp Seattle City Council wants to disband Nickelsville tent city http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-wants-disband-nickelsville-tent-city <p>Seattle officials want to break up the two-year old homeless encampment called Nickelsville, but residents there say that would just cause a new tent city to spring up somewhere else.</p><p>Seven city council members <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/146962511/Nickelsville-Letter">sent a letter </a>to Mayor Mike McGinn Monday calling for Nickelsville to shut down by Sept. 1. The camp, made up of more than 100 homeless people, is about to begin its third summer parked near the Duwamish River in southeastern West Seattle.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:51:59 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9039 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Council wants to disband Nickelsville tent city More case workers needed to help tackle homelessness, group advises http://kplu.org/post/more-case-workers-needed-help-tackle-homelessness-group-advises <p></p><p>More case workers are needed in Seattle to help move people out of emergency shelters into other kinds of housing. That’s one of the messages the Seattle City Council will hear today as they get an update on ways to tackle homelessness. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:35:13 +0000 Ashley Gross 7889 at http://kplu.org More case workers needed to help tackle homelessness, group advises New apartment building for homeless people opens in South Lake Union http://kplu.org/post/new-apartment-building-homeless-people-opens-south-lake-union <p></p><p>King County has been working to reduce homelessness, but the need for housing and shelter is still large. In Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, 81 homeless people will soon move into a brand-new building called the Pat Williams Apartments. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:36:47 +0000 Ashley Gross 7732 at http://kplu.org New apartment building for homeless people opens in South Lake Union Gong ringers count-off for homeless population http://kplu.org/post/gong-ringers-count-homeless-population <p>Over 2,000 people sleep outside in the cold according to <a href="http://www.homelessinfo.org/what_we_do/one_night_count/">One Night Count</a> which tracks King County’s homeless population. Outside Seattle City Hall today, many involved with the count struck a gong for every homeless person found during this year's count.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 01:38:13 +0000 Seka Ojdrovic-Phillips 7651 at http://kplu.org Gong ringers count-off for homeless population Seattle's mentally ill on streets helped by 'roaming counselor' http://kplu.org/post/seattles-mentally-ill-streets-helped-roaming-counselor <p></p><p>If you’ve been to downtown Seattle, you’ve probably seen people talking to themselves on street corners, or shouting at strangers. Now there’s a fresh face trying to help those in psychiatric crisis.</p><p>He’s a <a href="http://downtownseattle.com/News/NewsFull.php?nx=296">roaming mental health counselor</a>, hired by the Union Gospel Mission and downtown’s business-funded Metropolitan Improvement District.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:03:20 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6986 at http://kplu.org Seattle's mentally ill on streets helped by 'roaming counselor' New tally raises estimate of King County homeless youth http://kplu.org/post/new-tally-raises-estimate-king-county-homeless-youth <p>There are many more homeless children and young adults in King County than previous tallies have found, according to <a href="http://www.youthcare.org/sites/default/files/Count%20Us%20In%202012%20Preliminary%20Report.pdf">a new count </a>out this month. The count found more than 140 children on the streets, in shelters or in unstable housing, and another 530 or so young adults 25 and under. Volunteers and social service agencies conducted the second annual one-night count in May, targeting homeless youth.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5752 at http://kplu.org New tally raises estimate of King County homeless youth Count: Number of homeless in Bellingham drops http://kplu.org/post/count-number-homeless-bellingham-drops <p>BELLINGHAM, Wash. &ndash; A count by a volunteers showed the number of homeless people in Bellingham is declining.</p><p>Housing advocates say their organizations have had success in a difficult economy by targeting services to the most vulnerable. The Bellingham Herald reports that volunteers counted 500 homeless people during the Jan. 26 &quot;point in time&quot; count, compared to 700 last year.</p><p>Homelessness as defined for the count includes living on the street or in a vehicle, an emergency shelter or transitional housing.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:24:38 +0000 The Associated Press 4499 at http://kplu.org Homeless find home at Occupy Seattle, so is it still a protest? http://kplu.org/post/homeless-find-home-occupy-seattle-so-it-still-protest <p>More and more homeless people are joining protesters occupying Seattle&rsquo;s Westlake Park. The Occupy Wall Street movement has a special attraction for people who sleep on the streets.</p><p>When you walk through Westlake Park, in the heart of downtown Seattle&rsquo;s shopping district, you notice the donated tarps and sleeping bags on hand to keep people warm. And there&#39;s a big tent where you can get a cheese sandwich or receive first aid.</p><p>If you don&rsquo;t have a home, it seems like a good place to hang out.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 02:34:14 +0000 Paula Wissel 2867 at http://kplu.org Homeless find home at Occupy Seattle, so is it still a protest? Vancouver, B.C., wants to end homelessness, expects a battle http://kplu.org/post/vancouver-bc-wants-end-homelessness-expects-battle <p>City Council in Vancouver, British Columbia, is debating a strategy to end homelessness within ten years, and the always contentious issue has comparisons to efforts <a href="http://www.cehkc.org/">already under way in King County</a>.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 13:30:00 +0000 Craig McCulloch 2205 at http://kplu.org Vancouver, B.C., wants to end homelessness, expects a battle Kitsap considering tax to benefit homeless http://kplu.org/post/kitsap-considering-tax-benefit-homeless <p>Advocates for the homeless in Kitsap County say there&rsquo;s not enough money to provide services &ndash; so they&rsquo;re talking about the possibility of a new tax.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 16:22:09 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2024 at http://kplu.org Kitsap considering tax to benefit homeless