“At last count, there were 11,643 people experiencing
homelessness in Seattle and surrounding King County.”
Photo by Gaelen Kelly.
– Editor’s note:
Perhaps one day, Yelm will allow something like this to be done here!
– “Would You Put a Tiny House for a Homeless Person in Your Backyard?”
“Because two Seattle homeowners were willing to make space, a 75-year-old man who’s been homeless for years now has a house and a community.”
“With an economy powered by tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle is the fastest-growing major city in the United States. It also ranks high for homelessness, third after New York and Los Angeles. That’s alarming for a midsize city where increases in density are not offsetting the rise in population—or the price of housing.”
“It’s one thing to discuss homelessness as an abstraction, like that Nextdoor commenter who had a problem with giving “these people” a place to live. It’s quite another to look a homeless person in the face and reckon with their humanity. That’s why, a few years ago, Seattle architect Rex Hohlbein started taking portraits of homeless people and posting them on Facebook, with a tagline that resonated strongly with the public: the advice to “Just say hello.” And that’s also why Hohlbein and architect daughter Jenn LaFreniere recently started the BLOCK Project.
“Hohlbein’s awareness of homelessness became acute when he met some homeless men on a park bench near his office. One man in particular became a good friend, and Hohlbein invited him in. Soon, his architecture office became a hub for the homeless, with some people taking shelter and others dropping off supplies and donations.”
“The project is based on relationships—Hohlbein’s stories and photos develop out of friendship and conversation, making a bridge between homeless people and those who follow Facing Homelessness, and perhaps donate goods, money, or services,” by Valerie Schloredt, YES! Magazine.
– “Seattle’s homeless population grows more than 40-percent in two years”
“Seattle’s unsheltered population has grown 44 percent in two years.”
By Natalie Swaby, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
– “America’s homeless population rises for first time in years”
“The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point in Time count Wednesday [Dec. 6], a report that showed nearly 554,000 homeless people across the country during local tallies conducted in January. That figure is up nearly 1 percent from 2016.
Of that total, 193,000 people had no access to nightly shelter and instead were staying in vehicles, tents, the streets and other places considered uninhabitable. The unsheltered figure is up by more than 9 percent compared to two years ago.
Increases are higher in several West Coast cities, where the explosion in homelessness has prompted at least 10 city and county governments to declare states of emergency since 2015.
City officials, homeless advocates and those living on the streets point to a main culprit: the region’s booming economy,” by Christopher Weber and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press.