Federal money has kept poverty low in Washington, but it’s running out.
Compared with the first week of March, applications are now 170% higher for cash assistance, double for food stamps and 60% higher for housing assistance.
Disasters deepen inequality, but we can stop further displacement in the South End before it’s too late.
The growing divide between federal disability income and rent is leading more people into homelessness.
Washington is cutting fewer checks for those in need, but counts more welfare spending toward “preventing out of wedlock pregnancies” than any state in the country.
Outreach workers say the increasing costs of both housing and health care are forcing more families out of their homes.
The $750,000 proposal would help those unable to work avoid homelessness once their state payments are replaced by smaller federal payments, a so-called “benefits cliff.”
Dwight Williams had finally found a place where he could ‘shut the world out.’ He lost it because he played by the rules.
Rent for a studio apartment in King County has gone up by $645 since 2014. Supplemental Security Income has gone up by just $50.
As baby boomers age, many are finding themselves in a system not set up for late-life care, without anywhere else to go.