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 53 two-bedrooms andContinue reading “Mercy Housing’s New Transit-Oriented Complex Already At Capacity”

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’sContinue reading “Othello Village Residents Concerned With Seattle’s Shift Away From Transitional Housing”

Seattle’s Unlikeliest City Council Candidate

His wardrobe is humdrum, his speech informal, and reason for running ad hoc. His name is Eric Smiley. You may have met him at a bus stop or in the tunnel stations, because that’s how he’s trying to compete with the large sums of campaign money backing other councilmember candidates. But he also just wants toContinue reading “Seattle’s Unlikeliest City Council Candidate”

Breaking down stigmas on homelessness one conversation at a time

I was already going to be late for my morning class at the University of Washington, so I figured I might as well grab a coffee on my way, thinking ten more minutes of tardiness wasn’t going to do much more damage. Walking into my 20 person class unprepared, however, I realized I was wrong.Continue reading “Breaking down stigmas on homelessness one conversation at a time”

Conversation on homelessness focuses on Legislature

Approximately 15 people gathered in the University Congregational Church on Wednesday morning to discuss homelessness and mobilization for homeless services and affordable housing. A very tall man wearing sweats, a black UW sweatshirt, and a beanie sat in the back. He goes by Bryan, and didn’t want to be identified in this article given hisContinue reading “Conversation on homelessness focuses on Legislature”

Broken regimens

  One man’s story shows how mental health treatment is an uphill battle in jails and prisons Hayes’ jail medical records, obtained with consent, paint a picture of unmedicated struggles within a jail system that’s overworked. A place that is often viewed as rehabilitative is in fact not. Read more here

College of Education hosts annual free film screening

Created and run by Thomas Halverson, the director of the UW’s master’s in education policy (MEP) program, the Education and Society film screenings attempt to put academia into a real world context. “It’s just something I’ve taken on as a way to help students better understand how these challenges impact members of the community,” HalversonContinue reading “College of Education hosts annual free film screening”

Vendor Profile: Yemane Berhe

Near the post office on University Way Northeast, everything was basking in the sun’s morning glow. And on a street corner there, a man stood. He was wearing denim blue jeans, a black beanie and a black jacket. Next to him was what looked like a stumpy silver cart full of paper stacks, but organized.Continue reading “Vendor Profile: Yemane Berhe”

UW graduate founds organization to help Seattle homeless

It’s winter, and a man is curled up in a street corner. The rain soaked the cardboard boxes he managed to grab for refuge. He’s cold. There were no blankets left in the shelters today, and the last one he got is a shredded mess now. Sleeping bags are the equivalent of three days’ meals,Continue reading “UW graduate founds organization to help Seattle homeless”

Homelessness Report Calls For “Narrowing the Focus”

This is the first of a three-part series analyzing last week’s reports on Seattle’s homelessness crisis coming from City Hall. This week looks at Barbara Poppe’s recommendations (70 pages long), next week will look closer at Focus Strategies’ data findings (134 pages), and the following week will hone in on the Pathways […] via Homelessness ReportContinue reading “Homelessness Report Calls For “Narrowing the Focus””