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Wanda Williams, a former nurse who has been homeless for three years, and her roommate Tim Pugsley hold up a permit that allows them to stay in Seattle's RV Safe Lot in Ballard.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Wanda Williams was the first to arrive at the safe lot on Friday. Her recreational vehicle, or RV, was right behind her, being towed into a lot in Ballard.

“I’m so excited,” she yelled out.

Some churches have become inclusive of gays and lesbians, but for transgender people, church can still feel extremely unwelcoming. A congregation in Phoenix is working to change that by focusing on the everyday needs of its members — many of whom are homeless trans youth.

It starts with a free dinner every Sunday night with donated homemade and store-bought dishes.

'Week in Review' panel Jess Spear, Erica C. Barnett, Roger Valdez and KUOW's Bill Radke.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

How do you help someone in a way that’s actually helpful: Zero tolerance? Public housing? Tiny housing? A new smart phone app? Also, millennial voters: idealistic, deluded or both? Bill Radke debates the week’s news with Erica C. Barnett from The C Is For Crank, Roger Valdez of Smart Growth Seattle and Jess Spear with the Socialist Alternative Party.  

The Jungle: a green beltway east of Interstate 5 where dozens of homeless people live.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke talks with Sharon Lee, executive director of Low Income Housing Institute, about what Seattle's third city-sanctioned tent encampment will look like.

A latrine in the homeless encampment known as the Jungle.
Courtesy of City of Seattle

Bill Radke speaks with KUOW law and politics reporter Amy Radil about what the city found after an examination of the homeless encampment known as the Jungle. The encampment is now infamous for a fatal drug related shooting last month. 

Jonathan Kumar, founder of the GiveSafe app, in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Entrepreneur Jonathan Kumar was walking through Chicago when he encountered a homeless person. Kumar didn’t stop but thought later that he would have been willing to give the man a couple of bucks if the man could accept credit cards.

That idea germinated for a few years in Kumar’s mind, leading to GiveSafe, an app he's developing in Seattle.

Dr. Seth Ammerman listens intently to his new, 21-year-old patient. Ernesto, who does not want his last name disclosed, is homeless. He is earning a high school degree and working part time, but at night, he and his brother share a tent that they set up on the streets of San Jose, Calif. The daily stress of being homeless is wearing Ernesto out, and making him light up too many cigarettes.

"I just want to cut down on my smoking," says Ernesto, in a tentative, soft voice. "I've been on the streets all the time, you know? I just want to make sure I'm OK."

The Low Income Housing Institute has filed for a Seattle permit to open a camp with tiny houses, much like the one above, and tents.
Courtesy of Alec Garner

South Seattle may have a new, 100-person homeless camp soon.

The Low Income Housing Institute, or LIHI, filed a permit with the city to open a camp with tiny houses and tents.

New Horizons and Seattle's Union Gospel Mission are opening a new shelter downtown for youth only.
KUOW Photo/Jamala Henderson

As Seattle struggles through a homelessness crisis, more services are coming online to help meet additional need. 

A new privately funded young adult emergency shelter will open downtown starting Sunday.

Lisa Sawyer and Steven Drogosz are living in a hotel in SeaTac
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Lisa Sawyer and Steven Drogosz have been together for about six years. They met volunteering at a food bank, they noticed each other and one thing led to another.

In 2005, Washington state set a goal: Cut homelessness statewide by 50 percent by 2015. Ten years later the results are in and they’re far short of the target. Homelessness was reduced by only 22.5 percent statewide.

'Week in Review' panel Gyasi Ross, Ron Sims, Jonathan Martin and KUOW's Bill Radke.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

How come America isn’t mocking Washington state as unrepresentative and irrelevant? Also, why do people of color favor Hillary Clinton? A pilotless car self-drives around Kirkland, is that our future? And what is the lesson of the shooting in the Jungle?

Bill Radke interprets this week’s news with former King County Executive Ron Sims, lawyer and activist Gyasi Ross, and Seattle Times editorial writer Jonathan Martin.

The homeless encampment known as the Jungle was he scene of a Jan. 26, 2016 shooting that killed two and wounded three.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Charges were filed Thursday in Seattle against three teenage brothers for the shootings in the homeless encampment known as the Jungle. The two older siblings will be tried as adults for first-degree murder and assault. Their younger brother will face the same charges in juvenile court.

About 20 people stood vigil to mark two recent deaths at a homeless camp in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

A silent vigil Wednesday in downtown Seattle marked the deaths of Jeannine Zapata and James Tran. The two were fatally shot last week at a homeless encampment known as the Jungle.  

Since the year 2000, the local group Women in Black has organized similar vigils since for homeless people who die outside or due to violence. Group leaders say they held vigils for 66 homeless people in 2015, the highest death count since the group started. 

Two of the three brothers accused in last week’s fatal shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment have juvenile records. But neither qualified for supervised parole after they were released from juvenile lock-up.

A homeless camp beneath an Interstate 5 off-ramp in Seattle's SODO district.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

With homelessness reaching crisis levels in Seattle and other Washington cities, an influential state senator says the Legislature needs to step in.

Police tape marks the scene of a shooting the left two people dead and three wounded in a homeless camp known as 'The Jungle,' under Interstate 5 in Seattle.
KUOW photo/Gil Aegerter

Seattle police say they’ve arrested three teenagers in connection with last week's multiple shooting at the homeless camp known as "The Jungle."

Police have arrested three teenagers — ages 13, 16, and 17 — who are believed to have carried out last week's deadly attack on a homeless camp in Seattle known as "The Jungle." Two people were killed in the shooting; three more were hospitalized.

Last week, the authorities said they believed the victims were targeted; today, the AP reports that the police think the crime "stemmed from a drug-dealing dispute."

Lisa Sawyer selling Real Change downtown.
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

We meet Lisa Sawyer on the corner of 4th and Union in downtown Seattle. That’s where she sells the Real Change street paper every day.

Sawyer wears a Seahawks beanie, puffy coat, no makeup, loose pants and tennis shoes (she says she sometimes wears heels while selling the paper but her feet are so sore by the end of the day that she prefers her runners). It's been a while since she washed her hair. 

The Jungle: a green beltway east of Interstate 5 where dozens of homeless people live.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Advocates for the homeless have welcomed Seattle’s new tent cities and RV parking for homeless people. But they condemn the ongoing sweeps of illegal campsites. Mayor Ed Murray said Tuesday's shootings in a homeless encampment only reinforced the need to move people out of them.

One Night Count Team Lead Daniel Hubbell spots a van that volunteers reported as occupied while driving down a deserted side streets in one of the last stops of the night. Click on this image to see the slideshow.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

A slumped body in the passenger seat.

Foggy car windows.

A foot, maybe a blanket, pressed against the window.

These are signs of people living in cars.

'Week in Review' panel Mike McGinn, Joni Balter, Bill Radke and Paul Guppy.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

What's the way to help homeless citizens and protect the rights of neighborhood residents? Also, Seattleites hiring private security guards – necessary protection or needless fear? And is it time to extend marijuana rights further?

Bill Radke looks for answers with former Mayor Mike McGinn, Washington Policy Center’s Paul Guppy and Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter.

The Record: Thursday, Jan. 28, Full Show

Jan 28, 2016
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Why is Seattle spending $50 million to address a homeless crisis that gets worse? The mayor says the city's many, many nonprofits are well-meaning, but wasteful.

Also, the federal government is demanding some of its military surplus back from Washington state.

And how much worse can Catholic Church sexual abuse be? Ask Native Americans.

Listen to the full show above, or check out the individual stories:

The Jungle: a green beltway east of Interstate 5 where dozens of homeless people live.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke speaks with Mark Putnam about the 2016 One Nigh Count. The One Night Count is designed to give King County a snapshot of how many people are unsheltered on our streets in a single night. Putnam is the director of All Home King County, the agency responsible for the count. 

Darcie Day heads out to sell Real Change newspaper in Seattle after shooting in the 'Jungle.'
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Word of the shootings at the homeless encampment known as the Jungle on Tuesday spread quickly among the vendors for the weekly newspaper Real Change. Many of them are homeless or have been homeless. They spoke to KUOW’s Amy Radil in the newspaper’s offices in Pioneer Square about the danger of being homeless.

Included in this audio postcard are Darcie Day, Nick Maxwell and Susan Russell.

A Washington State Patrol trooper looks on as a homeless camp is cleaned out at the corner of Airport Way South and South Royal Brougham Way on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. That's a short way from where two people were shot to death in 'The Jungle.'
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Tuesday’s shootings in a homeless camp in Seattle added to the sense of crisis on the issue of homelessness. They took place just as Mayor Murray prepared to deliver a speech on the problem.

Nearby, state and city officials continued to clear homeless encampments.  

The Record: Wednesday, Jan. 27, Full Show

Jan 27, 2016

After yesterday’s fatal arrest, the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge goes on. We talk with a reporter on the scene.

Also, just as Seattle’s  mayor was about to give a prime-time speech on homelessness, two people were killed at the homeless encampment known as The Jungle. What happens to the debate now?

And why does Washington have a teacher shortage? We’ll ask the state’s teacher of the year.

Listen to the full show above, including additional commentary by Q13's C.R. Douglas, or check out the individual stories:

Donald Slyter, a resident of The Jungle, a homeless encampment in Seattle believed to have been around since the 1930s. It gets its name from the name for homeless encampments at the time -- hobo jungles.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

There’s a reason it’s called The Jungle.

It’s a stretch of woods between Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood and Interstate 5.

James Q. Tran, 33, and Jeannine L. Brooks, 45, also known as Jean Zapata, were fatally shot there Tuesday night; three others were wounded.

SPD assistant chief Robert Merner responds to reporter questions in the SODO neighborhood after a shooting on Tuesday night.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Two people were killed on Tuesday night after a shooting near Airport Way South.

At 7:21 p.m., police received calls about gun fire in a wooded area known as The Jungle. The Jungle is a greenbelt where many homeless people put up tents.  

KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Seattle's mayor says homelessness is dividing the city into two overheated, unrealistic conversations. He'll tell you the solutions that he calls "reality-based." 

A Seattle animal researcher will tell you why she wants your vacation photos -- yes, even your iPhone snapshots can help her.

And a survivor of rape at a Seattle Catholic school wants to know why his attacker was not on that list released by the Seattle Archdiocese.

Listen to the full show above or check out the individual stories:

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