homelessness

Homeless Resource Fair
8:39 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Seattle Center Plays Host To 1,400 Homeless Guests

Volunteer Anne Walton clips Calvin Smith's toenails at the United Way's Resource Exchange for the homeless at Seattle Center.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

More than 1,400 homeless individuals descended on Seattle Center Tuesday to take part in a one-day resource fair put on by United Way of King County.

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Seattle's First Neighborhood
10:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Voices From Pioneer Square: Mike Hall And Charles Royer

Mike Hall has been selling Real Change News in Pioneer Square for the past 13 years.
Credit KUOW Photo/Nick Danielson

Charles Royer served as Seattle's mayor from 1978 to 1990. During his tenure, Royer saw the historic neighborhood of Pioneer Square surge with violence as Seattle handled the crack epidemic. More than two decades after finishing his fourth term, Royer now lives and works in Pioneer Square. He told KUOW's Arwen Nicks his thoughts on the challenges currently facing the neighborhood and why he thinks the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the Downtown Seattle Association are good candidates to manage Occidental park, but not without help from the city.

Real Change vendor Mike Hall has been living in Pioneer Square for 15 years, and for the last 13 years he has stood at the corner of First and Main. Ross Reynolds spoke with Mike Hall about his experiences in Seattle's first neighborhood. 

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Zoning Fines
12:15 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Kent Crackdown On Sex Offender Housing Could Result In More Homeless Offenders

Eddie Weber runs 11 clean and sober houses in Kent, Wash.  Five of those are full of sex offenders, which is a  problem according to the city of Kent. The city attorney has promised to start fining Weber $2,500 dollars a day – $500 for each house – because those houses violate the city’s zoning code.

Weber said Kent’s action is part of a larger trend where Draconian laws are enacted to drive sex offenders out of communities. Weber spoke to KUOW’s David Hyde.

Produced by Joshua McNichols.

War Stories
6:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Homelessness, Pigeons And Life After Injury

No Home To Go To: Stories From The Homeless And Poor

As many as 3.5 million people in the United States experience homelessness in a given year. We'll hear a few personal stories about homelessness. In 2007, Steve Scher talked with Lisa Gray-Garcia (aka Tiny), journalist, poet and founder of POOR Magazine and the Poor News Network, Neal Lampi, who was living in a transitional housing program, and Renee Gebre, then living at Seattle Union Gospel Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter.
 

Pigeons: Rats With Wings Or Symbols Of Peace?

The pigeon used to be considered a symbol of peace and fertility. The birds were also a critical component of wartime communication. Yet, now people often consider them rats with wings. Steve Scher talks with Andrew Blechman, an award-winning journalist and author of “Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird,” as well as Dave Cheney from National Bird Control.

Life After Injury: Stories From American Soldiers

Thousands of American soldiers have served in Iraq and Afghanistan during the last decade. Many suffered physical injury as a result. Today we hear first hand stories from members of our military. Steve Scher talked with Lt. John Arthur, Capt. Jeremy McGuffey and Sgt. Christopher Hoyt about life after injury and coming home from war.

Homelessness
11:13 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Nickelsville Resident Speaks Out About Move

Seattle's homeless tent city, Nickelsville, has been moved from place to place over the years, including across from the University of Washington (as pictured) and most recently in West Seattle. But Seattle City Council wants it to close.
KUOW Photo/Jenna Montgomery

The homeless encampment known as Nickelsville is set to close on September 1st. The city has provided $500,000 to move residents to new homes. But are these new shelters a permanent solution? Nickelsville resident John Jolly says no. He talks to Ross Reynolds about how the transition is going.

Homelessness
11:57 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Seattle's Nickelsville Residents Try To Find New Homes

The homeless encampment known as Nickelsville is set to close on September 1. The city voted down legislation to expand areas for similar homeless campsites. But the City Council has provided $500,000 to relocate Nickelsville residents into permanent shelters and emergency housing.

Mike Johnson is special projects director for Seattle's Union Gospel Mission and he's working on the resettlement of Nickelsville residents. He tells Ross Reynolds about how the move is going.

Homelessness
12:26 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Homeless Encampments: A Necessary Evil?

Flickr Photo/Wendy Johnson

On Monday the Seattle City Council voted against legislation to expand homeless camp sites, like Nickelsville and Tent City. Reverend Sandy Brown was a founding member of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County. He explains to Ross Reynolds why tent encampments are not a solution, but still necessary.

Deadline Set For Move
10:52 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Seattle City Council Votes To Relocate Tent City Residents

Flickr Photo/javacolleen

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to spend $500,000 to relocate residents of the south Seattle tent city called "Nickelsville." The council has given residents of Nickelsville until September 1, 2013 to move out or be evicted.

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Homeless Refugee Families
9:41 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Why A Spike in King County's Homeless Refugees Is Tough To Measure

An Ethiopian refugee named Sarah and her family spent several weeks at Mary's Place homeless shelter in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Every year, hundreds of refugees come to Washington state to escape persecution, conflict or violence in their home countries. Washington consistently ranks as one of the top 10 states for new arrivals.

Many families come here after waiting long stretches in a refugee camp where food, water and shelter is a daily concern. Yet once they have resettled in the Seattle area, their struggles are often far from over. Some agencies that work with refugees in King County say they’ve seen an alarming rise in homelessness within this population of newcomers but they’re stymied by how to measure the increase.

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First Increase Since '94
6:52 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Seattle Street Newspaper Real Change Raises Price

Real Change vendor Susan Ford says, "I haven’t had much negative feedback. A lot of customers said, 'it’s about time.'"
Sara Lerner

The weekly newspaper Real Change provides an outlet for hundreds of people who are low-income and homeless to make money and hold a steady job. On Wednesday, the paper doubled its price from $1 to $2.  

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Homelessness
12:36 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Public Property Security Problem In Nickelsville

Nickelsville as photographed on October 20, 2008.
Flickr Photo/Beyond Neon

For almost 2 years the homeless camp known as Nickelsville has been located in West Seattle. Mayor Mike McGinn has not approved the camp but has said that he has no plan to evict the camp either. Well, the unsanctioned camp that is normally relatively quiet is causing a bit of a stir this last week.

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Urban Rest Stop
7:27 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Proposed Hygiene Facility For Homeless In Ballard Raises Concerns

This is the proposed site of the Urban Rest Stop (2014 NW 57th St) in Ballard.
Meghan Walker

A local organization is trying to address the growing need for homeless facilities in Ballard. The Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) wants to build a hygiene facility, known as an Urban Rest Stop, on the ground floor of a senior housing facility that’s being built. The development is in the middle of a residential neighborhood next to the Ballard Library and this has some residents concerned.

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One Night Count
7:25 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Annual Homeless Count Focuses Beyond The Numbers

Credit Ed Yourdon / Flickr

In the pre-dawn hours this Friday, hundreds of volunteers will fan out across King County to look for people sleeping in alleys, parks, shopping centers and city busses. The effort  is part of the county’s annual One Night Count, which aims to get an annual head-count of people who are homeless.

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Homeless Program Expands
5:23 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

More Seattle Churches To Offer “Safe Parking” For Homeless

Sheri Collins and her dog, Token, live in their retrofitted car in North Seattle. This is their third winter living on the street.
Credit Liz Jones

On Sunday nights, you can find Graham Pruss under the Ballard Bridge, serving up a hot meal. A recent menu included ham and potato soup, locally baked bread and apple cobbler. He calls this weekly dinner a bridge to connect with people who live in their cars. They’re often referred to as car campers or mobile homeless, but Pruss prefers the term, vehicle residents.

Pruss is one of many homeless advocates who’s pushed Seattle to provide more services to this group of people. In response, last year the city launched the “safe parking” program, which opens up church lots where people can park and connect to housing services. The pilot program is modestly increasing this year, in a step toward what advocates hope will be a citywide expansion. 

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Ethics
11:56 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Giving To Panhandlers

Credit flickr/Kdt

To give or not to give? That's the question many of us face when encountering panhandlers on Seattle's sidewalks. Some people make up their minds about how to act and don't deviate from the script. For others, the ethical questions resurface with every encounter.

Now, it seems we're at a crossroads. Many people are still out of work. Yet social services will probably be cut even further next year. Will that change how you give?

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