Homelessness

Housing issues
6:30 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Vancouver, B.C., wants to end homelessness, expects a battle

Vancouver, British Columbia, is debating a move to end homelessness. Pictured are many people sleeping in the First United Sanctuary. The Canadian city's plan is similar to one under way in Seattle.
Courtesy of First United Church

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 already under way in King County.

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Tax for Homeless
9:22 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Kitsap considering tax to benefit homeless

Tim Hamilton Flickr

Advocates for the homeless in Kitsap County say there’s not enough money to provide services – so they’re talking about the possibility of a new tax. 

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seattle center
3:08 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Gates family, employees celebrate opening of new campus

The Gates Foundation's new headquarters in Seattle is meant to look "bold."
Tom Paulson KPLU-Humanosphere

More than a thousand workers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have moved into their new campus across the street from Seattle Center. Celebrations are planned tonight (Thursday) and this weekend. Foundation leaders say they want to be more visible to the public.

(A public open-house is this Saturday, from 10am-4pm. Advance registration is required, here.)

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diversion from jails and hospitals
4:01 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Alternative for mentally ill in crisis stirs debate

A proposed crisis center in Seattle shares S. Lane St. with single-family homes.
GoogleMaps

Crisis centers for the mentally ill are gaining popularity across Washington, as a way to help people and potentially save taxpayers' money.  They’re an alternative to jails and emergency rooms. 

But these short-term treatment centers are also running into hostility. Potential neighbors are unhappy about being next door to a facility where patients arrive by police car and ambulance, in the middle of a mental health or drug crisis.

In central Seattle, an angry backlash of homeowners is threatening to delay the opening of a proposed “Crisis Solutions Center.” The location is on a block near Rainier Avenue and Dearborn, where businesses and stores give way to single-family homes.  

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Homelessness
9:02 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Poet in Seattle's Tent City

A watercolor from Mimi Allen's 'Song of Tent City' blog, a poet's experience in the Seattle homeless camp.
A.K. Mimi Allin

Is there poetry in homelessness? Poet A.K. Mimi Allin is exploring that question while she lives with Seattle's Ten City homeless encampment this winter.

Allin is in the last few weeks of  her three-month experiment.  In December, she joined about 80 people  who make up Tent City's  current digs in the parking lot of Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in northeast Seattle. 

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Winter Weather
2:36 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Cold snap hard on the homeless

Rick Reynolds is Executive Director of Operation Nightwatch, a non-profit social service agency that helps the homeless in downtown Seattle.
Liam Moriarty/KPLU KPLU News

The recent icy winds and frigid temperatures have been making life uncomfortable for pretty much everybody. But for folks without a place to call home, the cold snap can make an already-difficult life miserable.

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Homelessness
3:23 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

Nickelsville moving to former Lake City fire station

The Nickelsville camp is pictured here Oct. 11, 2008, when it was located in Seattle's University District. The latest move will find it in the northeast Seattle neighborhood of Lake City.
Flickr photo by javacolleen

The Nickelsville homeless encampment will soon occupy a former Seattle fire station in Lake City.  Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the camp could have immediate use the old Fire Station 39, left vacant after a facility was constructed next door.

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