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Homeless in Seattle

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:…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: What do we really know?

Every morning around 7:30, Wayne Wilson walks from his office on the second floor of the Compass Housing Alliance, inside a shaky building in the…

Homeless count offers only a rough sketch of a growing epidemic

Volunteers found 4,505 people without shelter Friday morning in the woods, in tents, and at bus stops throughout King County. That number is undoubtedly low;…

Fighting homelessness, Murray feels the burden of office

For a moment, in the hours after Tuesday's deadly shooting in a SODO homeless encampment, we caught a glimpse of the burden Mayor Ed Murray…

“Less needles and feces”: community weighs in on new homeless RV lots

Building off the homelessness State of Emergency he declared last November, Mayor Ed Murray issued a civil emergency order Monday to open two “safe lots”…

Shelters maxed out as city sweeps homeless from streets

In Pioneer Square lately, you don’t have to go far to find someone who’s been kicked off city property for sleeping in a tent. On…

Homelessness emergency: A chance to make a difference

On Monday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine took a dramatic but absolutely necessary step forward in addressing the homelessness crisis…

Seattle, King County declare a state of emergency over homelessness

Following similar declarations in Los Angeles and Portland, Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine signed a Proclamation of Emergency Monday morning in…

‘Active’ parks celebrated, even among homeless advocates

When Mayor Ed Murray announced last June that the Downtown Seattle Association would manage Westlake and Occidental parks, there was quick pushback from homeless advocates,…

Half of pot citations go to homeless

At the request of the Seattle City Council, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole came to City Hall Monday to address the disproportionate number of marijuana…

Guest Opinion: New Homeless Youth Act signing is next step in journey

Last week, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law landmark legislation to help some of our state’s most vulnerable residents — the thousands of young people…

Parks’ smoking ban: Will homeless be the targets?

Seattle looks to be following in the footsteps of New York, San Francisco, Boston and Portland in imposing a tobacco ban in all Seattle parks. If everything goes to according…