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

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is worried that the issue of homelessness is dividing the city. He said there are two conversations happening in Seattle, and neither of them are productive. 

"One is that the homeless are criminal drug addicts, and the other is that the city is just trying to sweep the homeless out of the right-of-way of the freeway or off our sidewalks to hide the problem."

The Seattle City Council has approved the mayor’s emergency plan to set up two so-called “safe lots” for homeless people with cars and RV’s to stay. 

'Week in Review' panel Knute Berger, Rob McKenna, classy Bill Radke and Lesley Hazleton.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Tent camps, car camps – is Seattle solving homelessness or attracting it? Do you trust Seattle’s Catholic Church anymore? And, in our forward-thinking frontier town, how much should you observe the rules of etiquette? Bill Radke chews the news (with mouth closed) together with author Lesley Hazleton, Crosscut's Knute Berger and former attorney general Rob McKenna.

Terry, Suzette and their dog Lulu live in a van in Ballard. They store their belongings in an SUV, and they tow a boat.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Terry lives with his ex-wife and their dog in a minivan parked on a residential street in North Ballard. 

The Record: Wednesday, Jan. 20, Full Show

Jan 20, 2016
Inside the KUOW control room.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Amazon tried to hire homeless people in its warehouses. We'll show you why it didn't go so well. Also, what's it like to be a young transgender child in a family that listens to you? And advice on how to fight City Hall from someone who used to work at City Hall.

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

A listener took this photo on Wed., Jan. 13, after noticing that the homeless the tent city at Ballard Blocks had been fully cleared.
Courtesy of Manya Gorman-Knutson

Seattle City Council members got an update Tuesday on how the city removes homeless camps -- and they want to see changes.

City staff and police have cleared out about 40 unsanctioned homeless sites since November and have a list of 170 more to consider. Most of those camps consist of a few people living in tents or sleeping bags.

The Record: Tuesday, Jan. 19, Full Show

Jan 19, 2016
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KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Today on The Record: The Catholic Church of Seattle has released the names of clergy and church workers accused of sexually abusing young people. We'll get reaction from someone who says as a child, she was abused by her priest. Also, should Seattle let people who have no other home park their RVs along the street? And what's wrong with you saying "the" Puget Sound?

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

Bill Radke speaks with Harley Lever and Bill Kirlin-Hackett about homeless people living in RVs in Seattle. Lever is a Magnolia resident and founder of the group Safe Seattle, which wants to see RVs off neighborhood streets and solutions from the city. Kirlin-Hackett directs the interfaith task force on homelessness. 

A Powerball sign can't accommodate a figure larger than $999 million.
Flickr photo/Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr

Everybody’s dreaming about how they could spend all that money when they win that $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot – the biggest lottery prize ever in the U.S.

You might be thinking car, house, travel. But what if the city of Seattle won?

The Woodland Park United Methodist Church will house the Hammond House women's shelter, increasing the number of beds for homeless women by 20.
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One of Seattle's homeless shelters has a new location, with more beds than before.

The Hammond House women's shelter is now in the Greenwood neighborhood, after its downtown property was sold last year. The shelter will be housed at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 78th Street.

Bill Radke speaks with Globe and Mail national correspondent Justine Hunter about a tent camp in Victoria, B.C. that's moving inside. 

Ericka Frodsham, 36, stands outside a motel on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle. She is homeless, living out of motel rooms.
KUOW Photo/Mike Kane

Earlier this month, when photographer Mike Kane went looking for a Seattle woman to share her story of being a prostitute on Aurora Avenue North, he heard about Ericka Frodsham.

Winston-Salem is among a group of cities nationwide that say they've met the White House goal to end veteran homelessness.

Chewie is one of two posessions Genie took with her when fleeing an abusive husband 9 years ago and becoming homeless for the first time.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Genie is a homeless woman who lives in downtown Seattle with her dog, Chewie. He’s half terrier, half Chihuahua, and he’s named for Chewbacca, the Star Wars character.

Volunteers from the Elks in Seattle and Shoreline pack take away bags for needy vets at a stand down event.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

At 6 a.m. in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, a damp fog hangs in the air.

Green Army surplus sleeping bags, backpacks and boots cover the floor in a large room at Seattle Central College. Volunteers will soon give them to homeless veterans to help them live on the streets.

The give-away became necessary because Seattle didn’t reach a national goal to end veteran homelessness in 2015.

Washington state has a plan to fully fund preschool for low-income children by 2020. The current state budget adds more slots. Even so, many thee and four-year-olds remain on a waitlist.

Homeless Camp Evictions On The Rise In Seattle

Dec 21, 2015
A Seattle homeless camp's eviction notice, taken in January 2015.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Jeannie Yandel talks to Jason Johnson, deputy director of Seattle's Department of Human Services, about the rise in city 'clean ups' of unauthorized homeless tent encampments on public lands.

Marine Veteran Vincent Romano with a fellow veteran. Romano served between 1967 and 2006.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Hundreds of local veterans in need of supplies and services queued up at Seattle Central College Thursday. It’s called a “stand down” and is intended to be a one-stop shop for vets who may be homeless.

A decade ago, Utah set itself an ambitious goal: end chronic homelessness.

As of 2015, the state can just about declare victory: The population of chronically homeless people has dropped by 91 percent.

Syrian refugees Yazan Al-Salkini, 19, center, and brother Nabil, 14, left, hand out water to the homeless in downtown Seattle.
KUOW photo/Liz Jones

The debate about resettling Syrian refugees has some people asking, “Why don’t we use that money on homeless veterans instead?”

We asked homeless veterans in downtown Seattle what they thought.

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

The number of homeless people in Washington state is rising.

According to new numbers released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Thursday, more than 19,400 people in Washington lived in shelters or on the streets in January this year.

More than 560,000 people lived on the streets or in homeless shelters in the U.S. earlier this year. That number marks a 2 percent drop from the year before, according to new figures released Thursday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Still, some question how accurately those numbers depict the problem. There are many ways one can count who is and isn't homeless.

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

City and county leaders have declared a civil emergency on homelessness in Seattle. But some critics say what's been proposed is not enough.

Sheley Secrest, the local NAACP's chair of economic development, said racial equity should be baked into the new emergency plan or it may not reach certain communities.

Did Tim Eyman win at the ballot box only to lose again in court? Is homelessness an emergency in the city? Will Move Seattle actually move Seattle? And who will save our gum wall?

Bill Radke chews the news with Mike McGinn, Rob McKenna and Joni Balter.

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

Kim Malcom talks to Daniel Malone, executive director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, about why Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's emergency plan on homelessness doesn't go far enough.

Doris O'Neal of the YWCA
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Leaders of Seattle and King County declared a state of civil emergency this week – not due to an earthquake or a mudslide, but because of homelessness.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with David Hall, Everett's deputy city prosecutor, about the city's controversial ordinance that treats "aggressive panhandling" as a misdemeanor punishable with jail time. 

Sleepless in Seattle volunteers George Bargoud, Jean (no last name given), Michael Maloy and Amiga Debbie prepared to give out sleeping bags to homeless people in King County.
Courtesy of Eddie Wang

David Hyde speaks with Eddie Wang about a project to get a sleeping bag to every homeless person in King County. 

Navy veteran Donald Lollis said he's been sleeping on the streets for six months. 'They give you an honorable discharge and you just do the best you can. And that's how I've been living.'
KUOW Photo/Posey Gruener

It's 3 a.m. on the first day of a massive free clinic at Seattle Center. Anyone who needs medical, dental or vision care can find help here today — first come, first served. 

An Iraq vet named Ryan Mielcarek addressed the crowd: “By a quick show of hands, do we have any veterans in the audience here today?”

Mielcarek is the South Sound platoon leader with the veteran volunteer group, The Mission Continues. Their goal is to connect with veterans experiencing homelessness, more than 600 in King County according to official estimates.

Seattle City Council District 6 candidates Mike O'Brien and Catherine Weatbrook.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

The candidates for Seattle’s District 6 could not be more Seattle.

Catherine Weatbrook – she used to be a Tubs girl.

Tubs was a shady, windowless establishment in the University District that rented out hot tubs by the hour. It was rumored to be the best place in town to get a urinary tract infection.

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