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 Margaret Desmules
Note from the author: In 2015, Mayor Murray declared a “state of emergency over homelessness” in Seattle. In the most recent count, there are more than 7,000 kids experiencing homelessness in King County. Multiple funders and organizations came together to form All Home, a coalition to end homelessness. A “homelessness consultant”, Barbara Poppe, was hired last year to provide recommendations to the city.
She made more than $100,000 from this contract and advised to close almost all transitional housing programs and fund a program called Rapid Rehousing, which pays for move-in costs and a few months rent for families experiencing homelessness. Rapid Rehousing has been successful in other cities, but with Seattle’s housing market, families are often set up to fail with Rapid Rehousing as it is difficult to pay such high rents after the assistance stops. The following is a single mom’s first-hand experience with Rapid Rehousing and navigating through Seattle’s homeless assistance services. Continue reading There’s No “Rapid” Solution To Long-term Issues
by Matt Mills McKnight
Last Thursday, South Seattle community members engaged with city officials at the New Holly Gathering Hall to discuss the Othello Village homeless encampment. Othello Village will start admitting tenants on March 8th. Continue reading Community Voices Concern, Support at Othello Encampment Meeting
by Matt Mills McKnight
Last Sunday, approximately 90 rain-soaked members of the South Seattle community cycled in and out of a once fenced-in, empty lot adjacent to a 76 gas station in Rainier Valley’s Othello neighborhood. Their mission: Create a livable space at the new Othello Tiny House Village and Encampment intended to provide shelter for Seattle’s homeless, and allow them to build better lives for themselves while staying there. The encampment is set to open on March 8th. Continue reading South Seattle Residents Throw Work Party to Welcome Homeless Encampment