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Bill Radke talks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about the City of Tacoma's plans to address homelessness.

Rebecca Massey at the KUOW studios.
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Rebecca Massey drove up from Oklahoma expecting to get a job, find a place and save up some money. She said she didn’t intend on being homeless.

“I know there’s some perception that people come to Seattle seeking all the resources that they give to homeless people. I didn’t come here anticipating receiving any of those services.”

Cross this log bridge to reach an island in Auburn where some homeless people live.
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There's an island in the middle of the White River in Auburn.

To get there, you cross a log bridge and follow two separate trails. That’s when you see them: Semi-permanent shelters people have built. One looks like a big family tent but made of logs and sticks all woven together — whatever people could find.


A year and a half ago, nearly 11,000 people in King County were living in homelessness. Zackary Tutwiler could have been one of them. But when that tally was taken, he had just gotten his own apartment.

Bill Radke talks with Bellevue City Council member Kevin Wallace about homelessness in Bellevue.

File photo of homeless ecampment under bridge.
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Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen is giving Seattle $30 million to house homeless families.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the partnership Wednesday, saying that the city will add another $5 million to the project.

Homeless families outside a shelter in downtown Seattle
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Thousands of young people in Washington state go to sleep each night without a stable home.

Now communities in King, Pierce and Spokane counties are taking on a 100-day challenge to reduce youth homelessness.

They are racing to get hundreds of youths off the streets by the end of July.

Bill Radke talks with David Bowling and Derek Wentorf about homelessness in East King County. David Bowling is executive director of Congregations for the Homeless. Derek Wentorf is director of Homeless Youth Services at Friends of Youth.

Bill Radke talks to Leslie Briner who leads training on sexual abuse and human trafficking. She says young people who end up on the streets often turn to sex to survive.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray speaks Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has been accused of raping a teen boy in the mid-1980s, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday.


Seattle has one of the highest sales tax rates in the country. And now Mayor Ed Murray is poised to ask for just a bit more to address the city’s homeless crisis.


Crowds of homeless people often gather on the sidewalks of downtown Seattle near social-service providers.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is walking away from his proposal for a property tax increase that would generate $275 million over five years for homeless services.

Instead, he’s now joining King County officials in proposing a county-wide sales tax increase of 0.1 percent.

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The fate of President Trump's health care plan comes down to the wire.

We get into the pros and cons of Seattle's proposed soda tax and homeless levy.

How generous might Washington state get when it comes to paid leave?

And some people are pretty surprised to find out that their car tabs are way more expensive this time around.

4 things to know about Mayor Ed Murray's homeless levy

Mar 22, 2017
Kara Bernstine, who is homeless, said she knows the Jungle homeless encampment isn't perfectly safe, but it felt safer than other places in the city. Click on this photo to see more images of the Jungle.
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This summer, Seattle voters will likely be tasked with a big decision. Should the city should double what it spends combating homelessness?

On Week In Review: Rob McKenna, Joni Balter, Bill Radke (host) and Greg Nickels.
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President Trump proposes deep cuts to federal spending. How would they be felt in Washington state? Seattle landlords sue the city over a law that makes them rent out their homes to the first qualified applicant. And former President Obama likes the University of Washington women's March Madness chances.

The City of Seattle says this homeless camp is a public health and safety hazard.
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Seattle is starting a pilot program to help decrease litter on city streets.

Part of that program will target trash generated by homeless camps. Officials are hiring someone to head up the pilot program.


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Bill Radke talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about his plans for a five-year, $275 million property tax levy to pay for additional homeless services, and we open up the phones to take your questions for the mayor.

People gather March 8, 2017 to remember the homeless men and women who have died on Seattle's streets in the past year
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled details Wednesday for how money from a proposed homelessness levy would be spent. 

The proposed property tax increase would raise $275 million over five years. The goals, as laid out by the city, are to get 5,000 people into stable housing, open up 5,000 new addiction treatment slots, increase mental health treatment, and increase outreach to get people off the streets and into services.


George Kerns is moving to another homeless camp. He knows it won't be the last time he's told to move on
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Work crews began clearing a homeless camp in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood Tuesday morning.

The city says the camp has become a public health and safety hazard. The closure also comes on the heels of two arrests for rape and prostitution in the camp.

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Who should pay for solving Seattle's homelessness emergency? Can a new income tax make Seattle "Trump-proof"? Are taco trucks the answer to our traffic problem? And would you vote for President Oprah?

How does a person end up in Nickelsville?

Feb 28, 2017
Courtesy of Derek McNeill

Bill Radke speaks with filmmaker Derek McNeill about his new documentary "The Road to Nickelsville." Radke also speaks with Colin McCredie, a man who lived in the Nickelsville homeless camp. There will be a screening of the film Sunday, March 5, at the Northwest Film Forum at 7 p.m

Darrel Sutton, after camping in Seattle's Jungle homeless camp for more than a year, moves with help from Union Gospel Mission workers in October 2016.
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Bill Radke speaks with Jeff Lilley, president of the Union Gospel Mission, and Britt Olson, the vicar of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ballard, about how their faith motivates the work they do with the homeless population in Seattle and how to help the city end the homeless crisis. 

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
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Seattle officials are threatening to sue the Trump Administration if they don't get detailed information about the president's immigration policies.

Mayor Ed Murray made the threat during the state of the city address Tuesday.

File photo of homeless ecampment under bridge.
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A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the City of Seattle and state transportation officials can continue their practice of sweeping out homeless camps and removing people's belongings.

Everyone expects Congress to change the Affordable Care Act, but no one knows exactly how.

The uncertainty has one group of people, the homeless, especially concerned. Many received health coverage for the first time under Obamacare; now they're worried it will disappear.

Joseph Funn, homeless for almost 20 years, says his body took a beating while he lived on the street.

Now, he sees nurse practitioner Amber Richert fairly regularly at the Health Care for the Homeless clinic in Baltimore.

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Protesters take to Sea-Tac and airports around the country – and Washington state goes to court – over President Trump's executive order restricting travel to the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim nations.

Seattle votes to take its money elsewhere over the Dakota Access Pipeline and floats a new approach to homeless encampments around the city. 

The City of Seattle has rules about when homeless camps can be cleared out (called the Multi-Departmental Administrative Rules). But since they’re nearly a decade old, city and community leaders have called for an update.


Can Washington State End Youth Homelessness?

Jan 24, 2017

Lawmakers, community leaders, and advocates in Washington state told the press Tuesday they want to be the first in the nation to completely end homelessness for teens and young adults.

File photo of homeless ecampment under bridge.
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Homeless advocates and two homeless individuals are suing the City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation over how they treat people's possessions when they clear out homeless encampments.

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