Navigation Team Sweeps Ravenna Woods Encampment Despite Activist Barrier

Along a muddy path next to a section of the Burke Gilman trail in Ravenna, 25 activists joined the residents of a homeless encampment Wednesday hoping to halt a sweep. When the Navigation Team’s outreach group arrived, they were surprised to see a band of activists with linked arms acting as a human barrier to vehicles.Continue reading “Navigation Team Sweeps Ravenna Woods Encampment Despite Activist Barrier”

Public Defender’s Office to Help Mitigate Unintended Impacts of Low Level Crimes

Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31802 Monday to insert civil “collateral consequence” attorneys into the King County Department of Public Defense (KC DPD) in an effort to inform people charged with crimes about the unintended consequences of conviction. via South Seattle Emerald

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

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 aboutContinue reading “Houseless advocates hold vigil outside city hall, deliver letter against budget cuts to services”

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,… viaContinue reading “Voters overwhelmingly approve $350M King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy”

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

Update [8/14/2017, 5:40 p.m.]: Since this article was first published, the Seattle City Council officially passed the Fair Chance Housing Legislation on Monday afternoon, keeping the amendments.  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, becomingContinue reading “Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination”

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,Continue reading “Adrian Laster and Matt Hannah”

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”