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Homeless in Seattle

Homeless in Seattle

Homeless crisis 2016: How the city responded and what it plans next

As Mayor Ed Murray will often remind the public, Seattle is not unique among West Coast cities when it comes to homelessness. While the country…

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…

A solution for Seattle’s homeless: Bring Hooverville back

With the debate raging over how best to deal with homeless encampments in the Seattle region, and no consensus on how to deal with the…

Police shooting stalls closure of the Jungle homeless encampment

A Seattle police officer shot and killed a man Tuesday afternoon, just feet from where city and state officials had begun the official closing of…

‘Zero tolerance’ for homeless camps, says Bryant

Before a backdrop of tents in City Hall Park Monday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant threatened to cut off all state homelessness funding to cities that…

Weeks after it was cleared, homeless camp returns to Freedom Hill

West of Rainier Avenue, between the road and the looping off-ramp from I-90, is a field known as Freedom Hill. For many months, it was…

Homeless report: Region is wasting time, money

There’s not enough housing in Seattle for every citizen. As long as that’s true, solutions to homelessness will look something like a slide-tile-puzzle, rearranging the…

Seattle’s $100k report on homelessness — what it will tell us

As the weather turns and the City Council returns from its recess, a flurry of activity on the city’s response to homelessness is about to…

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…

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…