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Homeless in Seattle

Best of 2017: The city that solved homelessness

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our editors and by popularity with readers. Construction is…

Will Seattle see more homeless when spending changes hit?

Social service providers are worried about how the homeless will fare in the face of fast-approaching changes to how the city funds its efforts to…

As homelessness grows, so does tension at City Hall

Above all else, homelessness and how to address it are driving an increasingly tense set of budget negotiations in the Seattle City Council. Although the…

Seattle sketchers capture the faces and places of homelessness

Members of Urban Sketchers Seattle have one shared passion: to document and share their drawings of the world around them. As part of the June…

Money for homelessness: It’s a competition now

It’s been ten years since the City of Seattle has made providers of homeless services seriously compete for money. On Wednesday, the city announced that…

The hard truths about Seattle’s new homeless fix

For Tammi Lynn, property management is a family business. Her mom, her dad, her stepdad, her daughter, her niece — all of them, over the…

The city that solved homelessness

Construction is everywhere. The economy is booming. And yet Seattle’s homeless problem continues to grow. If we can’t even make progress in good times, the…

The tiny-house village that started a movement

Tucked into an industrial complex a few miles from Washington state’s capitol building in Olympia is a grassy field ringed by 30 tiny houses, each…

Part-time student, full-time homeless

*Michael carries his backpack nearly everywhere — a backpack so tightly bundled that he has to lean his weight on it so the zipper doesn’t…

Tacoma’s doing something different on homelessness

Like Seattle, Tacoma has a homelessness problem so severe that city leaders have declared a state of emergency. But the city is taking a different approach…

A city the size of Woodinville is sleeping in our streets

The homeless numbers are in: The population of people living out on the streets of King County continues to grow, a frustrating and sobering confirmation…

Until we can do better, build more tiny homes

In the search for housing for the homeless “we need more landlords to be engaged,” said Lauren McGowan, director of Financial Stability for United Way…

A new place for Seattle’s homeless: In my backyard

Seattle’s homelessness problem — the population is ranked the third largest in the U.S. — has inspired a myriad of creative attempts at solutions such…

Lawyers to city: Hands off vehicles used as homes

In a case that could provide new legal protections for people living in vehicles, a Seattle man is challenging the city’s decision to impound the…

Mayor scraps property tax for homeless, goes bigger

Mayor Ed Murray has unveiled a change of plans for raising money to combat homelessness. Instead of asking voters to approve a $275 million property tax…

Murray’s homeless solution: A big property tax

Speaking in the Downtown Emergency Services Center Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray gave a glimpse into how he and his administration would fight Seattle’s homelessness crisis:…

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…

City: Next time homeless are cleared, they will get notice

The city Tuesday unveiled proposed new protocols for addressing so-called unsanctioned homeless encampments — tent dwellings, sometimes home to dozens, scattered across the city. It’s…

Homeless advocates sue city, state over encampment sweeps

In a complaint filed against the city of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation today, two women with a history of homelessness allege…