Category Archives: Homelessness

Why Is a Statewide Anti-Union Group Suing to Stop Tiny House Villages in Seattle?

by Erica C. Barnett

When the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation—a conservative group that has spent the bulk of its energy over the past decade fighting against health care workers’ right to organize—filed a lawsuit to stop a Low Income Housing Institute-run “tiny house village” for homeless people from opening in South Lake Union, it raised some eyebrows.

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Jungle Residents Forcibly Relocated as City “Sweeps” Homeless Encampment

By Cliff Cawthon

At 8:30am today a press conference was held by the City in front of “The Jungle”, one of Seattle’s biggest homeless encampments, before clearing it and destroying it. The Jungle, also known as the East Duwamish Greenbelt Encampment (EDGE), is one of the most well-known encampments in the City of Seattle.  It is an informal community under the I-5’s greenbelt going through SODO. Continue reading Jungle Residents Forcibly Relocated as City “Sweeps” Homeless Encampment

Homelessness Report Calls For “Narrowing the Focus”

by Kelsey Hamlin

This is the first of a three-part series analyzing last week’s reports on Seattle’s homelessness crisis coming from City Hall. This week looks at Barbara Poppe’s recommendations (70 pages long), next week will look closer at Focus Strategies’ data findings (134 pages), and the following week will hone in on the Pathways Home report (68 pages) that was produced by the Human Services Division. South Seattle Emerald feels each document deserves the time to be combed through and scrutinized such that it may be reported on properly.

The recent recommendations on homelessness call for a complete overhaul of Seattle’s system. This means some drastic changes, program cuts, and new forms of evaluation. Though that sounds grim — and it very well may be for some — it’s needed. Continue reading Homelessness Report Calls For “Narrowing the Focus”

Columbia City Residents Weigh in On “Responsive Housing” Development

by Clifford C. Cawthon

Homelessness is on the rise in Seattle. Mayor Murray declared a ‘state of emergency’ last year in Seattle around homelessness in order to aggressively address the problem. Much of the problem, however, isn’t about affordability but stability. In the One Night Count of the homeless last January, 9.6% were veterans, 35.6% were mentally ill and more than 2000 of the 4505 unhoused people were under age 17; all populations who face the risk of housing-instability. Continue reading Columbia City Residents Weigh in On “Responsive Housing” Development