By Reverend Angela Ying
How can Seattle have gone so wrong and become a city of people “sweeps?” The word calls to mind clean cities, such as Vancouver, Canada, and Toronto, Canada –– except sweeping is what they do to garbage.
People are not garbage.
Seattle’s sweeps cost more than $8 million per year and has no proven track record of getting people into permanent housing. Continue reading OPINION: Seattle Must Stop the Sweeps and Build Tiny House Villages
by Kayla Blau
By now, you’ve probably seen or at least heard about KOMO 4’s “Seattle Is Dying” documentary — it gained more than 4 million views online alone. The hour-long documentary is plagued with sensationalized claims, like “We don’t have homeless crisis, we have a drug crisis” (in one of the most expensive rental markets in America), and a menacing soundtrack that rivals Law & Order: SVU.
Continue reading OPINION: Seattle Isn’t Dying — Here’s How to Respond to People Who Think It Is
by Aaron Burkhalter
with reporting by Alex Garland
People shared the post more than 300 times, igniting an online debate over the city’s response to homelessness. And the claims were grisly, but ultimately remain unconfirmed: A body was found at an encampment on Beacon Hill, the post claiming that the person was found decapitated with a bloody saw nearby.
Continue reading Social Media Post Sparks Debate With Unconfirmed Murder Claim
by Villainus (formerly Bypolar)
People have blamed the houseless crisis in Seattle on a lot of things: mental illness, chemical dependency, even laziness. In truth, they point a finger in every direction except toward the root cause: gentrification.
Continue reading OPINION: War Against the Poor, Weeding of the Emeralds
by Zachary DeWolf and Dylan Cate
As we examine our own stories and feelings about growth across our city, a particular quote from Dr. Maya Angelou keeps coming to the surface: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Continue reading OPINION: Which Seattle Will You Choose?
by Aaron Burkhalter
City staffers from the Human Services Department, community members, and activists say that Mayor Jenny Durkan sidestepped the city’s own procedures and race-equity process in the appointment of Jason Johnson as the director of the Human Services Department (HSD).
Continue reading HSD Staffers, Community Seek Racial Equity In Human Services Department Director Appointment
by Carolyn Bick
Tomasz Biernacki is a West Seattle photographer, documentarian, and former architectural graphic designer. His first film, Trickle Down Town, follows several different people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness in the Seattle area. The film first premiered in October, and has since been shown around the Seattle area. The Meaningful Movies Project will screen Trickle Down Town at Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival Street Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.
Biernacki spoke by phone with the Emerald from Camp Second Chance, where he was building tiny homes.
Continue reading New Documentary Examines Homelessness in Seattle
What do we imagine when we think of Christmas? A rosy-cheeked white grandfather who promises you your wildest dreams wrapped in paper decorated with snowmen and candy canes? Waking up to the smell of baked goods, excitement bouncing in your hearts? For some, even the smell of fresh cut pine or carolers pestering you at the door, yule logs burning, stockings hanging, shadows reflecting in the flames. Many see Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus or as a marketing myth to increase winter sales for corporations. Though others understand that it is inspired by old “pagan” traditions, people usually do not learn where the traditions came from originally.
Continue reading Once Upon a Riot: A Christmas Tale
by Kamna Shastri
Seattle continues to wrestle with a homelessness crisis that seems to grow each day. Different circumstances can lead an individual to struggling on the streets, but a report from the Seattle Women’s Commission and the Housing Justice Project is bringing attention to just how much eviction contributes to the pipeline of homelessness.
Continue reading Losing Home Report Reveals Deeper Understanding About Seattle Area Evictions
Accelerator YMCA has facilitated 21 host homes since 2016 and aims for 50 more over the next two years.
by Judy Furlong
For Scott Schubert of Accelerator YMCA, the equation is simple: In December 2016, Gene Balk of The Seattle Times estimated there were 200,000 empty bedrooms in King County, and in January the All Home King County Count Us In Report counted over 1,500 young adults with no place to call home.
Continue reading Finding Spare Rooms for Homeless Young Adults