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Homeless in Seattle

Homeless in Seattle

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…

Five things we learned about youth homelessness

Crosscut began its deep dive into the subject of youth homelessness in February, 2014. We started with a Judy Lightfoot story on King County’s efforts…

Podcast: Why are black, queer and trans youth more at risk for homelessness?

Last year's Count Us In survey, a daylong census of homeless and unstably housed youth and young adults in King County, found that 32 percent…

Predicting the risk for homelessness among foster youth

Jordan and Julia are in foster care, but they won’t be for much longer. Both are 17 and when they turn 18, they'll "age out"…

Meet the LGBT youth who chose homelessness over staying in the closet

[caption id="attachment_82846" align="alignright" width="518"] Homeless in the University District[/caption] Young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are far more likely to become homeless…

Podcast: Making it as a homeless 20-something

[caption id="attachment_82570" align="alignleft" width="422"] Conflicts with their parents drove Ryan and Alex from their homes.[/caption] Like the majority of homeless youth, Alex and Ryan were…

Local agencies join forces to tackle mental illness among homeless youth

Susan Fox was in her mid-30s before she began to deal with the anxiety and depression that had haunted her all her life. By outward…

How to keep foster youth from becoming homeless youth

“Seven” grew up in a repressive authoritarian cult. She was so isolated from the world, she didn’t know what TV was until she was 12.…

Four short videos about homelessness

It’s hard to look homelessness in the face. That’s the unintentional message of four short animated films produced by Seattle University’s Film and Family Homelessness…

Homeless youth and public space: Is there a design for that?

The coming boom spurred by a new Sound Transit light rail station and a possible rezone of the University District for transit-oriented development poses some…

When we paid caseworkers in cookies: A brief history of serving homeless youth

Editor's Note: Last month, Crosscut's Judy Lightfoot took a look at the current state of King County's services for homeless youth. In this prequel, writer…

Serving homeless youth with a continuum of customized care

“I’m not afraid of sleeping outside,” says the scowling, scruffy young man I'll call Ned. He’s homeless because his girlfriend broke up with him and…

Helping homeless students stay in school

Betty Takahashi’s job in the Bellevue School District does not come with the comfort of routine. One hundred and fifty seven homeless students are currently…