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Homeless in Seattle

Homeless in Seattle

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…

After time in the wilderness, urban news media is finding its way

San Franciscans have had it with homelessness. The tents and trash in the city’s green spaces. The panhandling and harassment on the sidewalks. The jobless,…

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…

Amazon’s hotel for homeless comes to life

When Amazon donated an empty South Lake Union hotel for use as a homeless shelter, it was investing in a model that Mary’s Place, the service…

Mayor’s response to homelessness still tied to selling public land

In this edition of Remember When: How Seattle plans to pay for its homelessness State of Emergency. Remember when the $5 million in one-time spending was unveiled,…

Tent city for homeless headed to UW campus

Next winter, 100 homeless people might set up a tent city on the UW campus, to serve as their home for 90 days. If it…

One man’s story of homelessness — and the value of a good pair of shoes

Rex Aston just wanted a pair of shoes. He could have asked for a lot more, but, he said plainly, “I only take what I…

New push to get thousands of homeless employed

It’s the most heartbreaking irony of Seattle: In the shadow of the city’s booming employment numbers, thousands of people live destitute on the streets or in…

A new, 24-hour approach to Seattle’s homeless shelters

The two major barriers to solving Seattle's homelessness crisis, it seems, are resources and consensus, both of which are consistently in short supply. As elected…

Watch: Murray looks to Bay Area for help with homeless encampments

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray isn't the only West Coast mayor named Ed catching flack for moving unsanctioned homeless encampments. Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco is similarly…

Murray seeks middle path on homelessness fixes

The City of Seattle this year will invest nearly $50 million to fight homelessness — more money than at any time in our history. Since…

Aging homeless youth face the world of adult services

It wasn’t until Nick Lintz had swallowed 24 sleeping pills with a bottle of Vitamin Water, passed out in the parking lot of a Safeway and…

5 real fixes for homeless encampments

Shutting down a homeless encampment undeniably feels like decisive action against the phenomenon of people living outdoors, and is therefore gratifying to some. But it…

All-out blitz for 1,000 new beds for homeless

Following a roundtable discussion with 12 service providers and advocates for the homeless last Friday, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw floated a test balloon over the weekend:…