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Homeless in Seattle

Homeless in Seattle

In rain and cold, city clears its own homeless encampment

In the cold and wet — the kind of weather that underlines the misery of living on Seattle's streets — officials began to clear the Field, a…

Survey says Seattle is not ‘Freeattle’

The mayor’s office is today releasing extensive data from a weeks-long “needs assessment” of Seattle’s homeless population. The data is meant to both inform Seattle’s new…

Why so many female veterans are homeless

When people imagine homeless veterans, their mental image is almost inevitably male. However, as the number of women serving in the military has increased, female…

Even in a crisis, new homeless strategy raises fears

After living in his Honda Civic for two years, Vincent Spirlin, 23, decided it was time to get some help. He was working at Popeye’s…

Coffee with a mission: To get homeless kids back on their feet

Even in the well-caffeinated neighborhood of the University District, one new coffee bar stands apart from the others. Street Bean, which opened its doors this month,…

Tiny-house villages could shelter city’s homeless

Seattle is in the midst of what could be a dramatic shift in the way it helps people who are experiencing homelessness. A report released…

Spurning mayor, council advances new approach to homeless encampments

On Tuesday, the Seattle City Council advanced a proposal to drastically change how the city conducts homeless encampment cleanups, based largely on policies supported by the ACLU, Columbia…

The hell with Seattle Process, advocates say. Fix homelessness.

When Barbara Poppe, the city’s hired consultant on all things homelessness, was in town last June, she cosigned a long-lived stereotype of the Seattle Process.…

Seattle’s homeless crisis: Where do we go from here?

This is the final piece in a three-part series about the region’s homelessness crisis. Read parts 1 and 2 here and here. It has been…

Seattle’s 30-year fight to end homelessness

This is the second in a three-part series about the region’s homelessness crisis. Read part 1 here. In a culmination of three decades of perpetual…

In this homeless shelter, pets are part of the family

On a quiet afternoon in downtown Seattle, an old, worn-out three-story building bursts with laughter. A tortoise has appeared in the hallway and children bolt…

Washington trails the nation in mental health treatment

Update: Shortly following publication of this story, a federal judge found the state in contempt regarding a ruling mentioned in this piece, focused on providing…

The man who tried to end homelessness

Back in 2005, King County announced a bold project: it would end homelessness within ten years. The man put in charge of the initiative was Bill…

Bedbug fears keep homeless away from shelters

There are a number of reasons people living on the street may avoid shelter, but none so concrete as bedbugs. Speak to people living in…

Here’s what happens when news outlets work together

The topic of homelessness in Seattle lit up social media networks on Wednesday, when more than 30 local media outlets joined forces to shine a…

Where (and when) to find a free meal in Seattle

If you’re living on the street, try not to get hungry on Saturday. If you’re looking for a good breakfast, it helps to be a…

Seattle media all in on #SeaHomeless project

Roughly 30 Seattle-area news organizations joined forces yesterday to shine a spotlight on the region’s homeless crisis. The result: At least three dozen original stories that…

Homeless in Seattle: The roots of a crisis

This is the first in a three-part series about the region’s homelessness crisis. In the middle of the night on March 20, 1970, an arsonist…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: No end in sight

Last November 2, citing the thousands of people sleeping in the streets, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine declared a state…

UW prof speaks of her own homeless experience

University of Washington nursing professor Josephine Ensign brings an unusual depth of perspective to her work teaching health sciences students, many of whom are involved…

Photos: The faces of homelessness


Seattle rallies to address homeless crisis

On Wednesday, June 29, more than two dozen Seattle media outlets, including the region's largest newspaper and television news outlets, will join forces to shine a spotlight…

Why blaming the homeless makes people feel better

In Seattle, the recent explosion in homelessness has transformed the issue into a public emergency, demanding immediate, large-scale intervention. But as the estimated price tags…

Waiting for the Jungle’s homeless cleansing

The deadline to leave the Jungle is June 6. At least that’s what Cassandra, camped in a clearing on the slopes of Beacon Hill, was…

Addiction and homelessness: fixing the vicious cycle

Only one in three heroin users have stable housing. The other two are either homeless, on the verge of being homeless or in jail. So…