Houseless advocates hold vigil outside city hall, deliver letter against budget cuts to services

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The deputy in chief talks with Anitra Freeman, a homelessness services advocate [Photo: Kelsey Hamlin]

Approximately 45 homeless advocates silently stood outside Seattle City Hall on a cold Wednesday evening, holding signs that read “without shelter, people die.”

Women in Black, a group created by Seattle Housing and Resource Effort(SHARE)/WHEEL, honor homeless people who have died on the streets. As soon as they find out, a vigil is held about a week later.

After this week’s vigil, the Housing for All Coalition and other homelessness organizations asked new Mayor Jenny Durkan to prevent funding cuts from homelessness programs.

“Sometimes these vigils are the only memorial service friends and family have,” said Anitra Freeman, a member of Women in Black. “Sometimes this is when people find out.”

Via South Seattle Emerald

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Voters overwhelmingly approve $350M King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy

Voters this week approved Prop. 1, the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy. It gives funding to services providing assistance to veterans, military service members, their families, seniors and their caregivers, and vulnerable King County populations. At last tally, more than 67% of King County voters said “yes” to the boost. Capital facilities, regional health,…

via Voters overwhelmingly approve $350M King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy — CHS Capitol Hill Seattle

Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination

 

Even though it took Adrian Laster two years to get a Section 8 voucher, it typically takes five. Even still, nobody would sublease him because of his criminal charges. Here, the Seahawks-loving Othello resident holds a folder with all of his paperwork in it. (Photo by Kelsey Hamlin)

 

As it stands, one slice of the criminalization and homelessness cycle could shatter thanks to a Seattle City Council vote set for next week. Seattle would make history, becoming the first city in the nation prohibiting landlords from denying rentals to applicants based on criminal background. […]

via Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination — South Seattle Emerald

Adrian Laster and Matt Hannah

These photos are for two separate shoots of the people I talked to both times (and every time still) I go to Othello Village, Seattle. One piece already published with South Seattle Emerald uses a handful of these photos, and another will in the near future.

Matt’s shoot: June 27, 2017
Adrian’s shoot: July 8, 2017

 

Othello Village, Seattle

Even though it took Adrian Laster two years to get a section eight voucher, it typically takes five. Even still, nobody would sublease him because of his non-violent felony charges.

Mercy Housing’s New Transit-Oriented Complex Already At Capacity

Near the Link light rail’s Othello Station, a passerby can easily spot a new red and grey apartment building called Othello Plaza, seemingly compatible with the other developments directly surrounding it. However, Othello Plaza is considered affordable, received over 2,000 applications and only accepted approximately 100. Othello Plaza is now full, containing […]

via Mercy Housing’s New Transit-Oriented Complex Already At Capacity — South Seattle Emerald

Othello Village Residents Concerned With Seattle’s Shift Away From Transitional Housing

Walk in to the South End’s Othello Village, and you’ll find tiny homes with charming scarecrows perched in little gardens, children, and an open building with a cardboard plaque labeled “security office.”

However, Hannah contended the Othello encampment has far more families than any other place he’s lived, which might explain the stringent rules. Othello’s focus on families and kids is the reason he relocated in the first place, since Hannah has a seven-year-old son named Devyn.

via Othello Village Residents Concerned With Seattle’s Shift Away From Transitional Housing — South Seattle Emerald