by Mary Hubert
Susan* is all business as she boards the 7, toting a cart with her that contains most of her belongings and expertly flipping up the front seats on the bus to nestle it securely in an out-of-the-way spot. She rides this route frequently.
Continue reading Some Depend on Generosity of No. 7 Bus Drivers; RapidRide Could Change That
by Carolyn Bick
On the morning of Aug. 21, Seattle’s more than 6,000 unsheltered homeless individuals awakened breathing air deemed unhealthy for everyone.
Continue reading People Experiencing Homelessness Have Few Options Under a Haze of Smoke
by Nathalie Graham
An average of five people are kicked out of Seattle Public Libraries (SPL) each day.
About 2,033 patrons are banned from SPL’s 27 locations each year for violating their rules of conduct. This is devastating to the library’s most disenfranchised visitors: the homeless. Continue reading Seattle Public Library Rules A Bane to the Homeless
by Kelsey Hamlin
Sitting in the two hour-long joint meeting of the King County and Seattle City Councils, listening to them discuss housing and human services for the homeless was, well, nothing new. And perhaps my lack of motivation to write this piece is a testament to that. Nothing substantial was discussed. Nothing was surprising. No changes were made.
In May, King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw took a trip to San Francisco to visit the city’s Navigation Center. The experimental homeless shelter, contains dorm-like sleeping quarters, showers and bathrooms, laundry facilities, counseling offices, and a 24-hour dining room. It also allows pets and provides them with designated dwelling spaces and food. Continue reading Seattle and King County Join Forces on Homelessness, but is it Just More of the Same?
by Alex Garland (Originally published on The Dignity Virus)
At approximately 8am this morning, the Seattle Police Department began evictions and removal of personal property from the Dearborn encampment. Residents were given 30 minutes to pack their belongings, though city officials claimed police had given inhabitants warnings all week. The claim was contradicted by many on site as they gathered their personal items. Continue reading A Homeless Community Scatters as Camp Dearborn Swept