Homelessness

File photo. Photo by Casey Jaywork

Ed Murray Ditches Effort to Create New Homelessness Property Tax

The plan would have raised $55 million a year for homeless services. He says he’s now in favor of a county-wide sales tax instead.

File photo. Photo by Casey Jaywork
Before evicting the Jungle last year, Mayor Murray petted a kitten inside it. Photo via mayor’s office.

Ethics Complaint Targets Mayor, Others For Supporting Ballot Measure From Office

The August ballot measure would nearly double Seattle’s homelessness funding via property taxes.

Before evicting the Jungle last year, Mayor Murray petted a kitten inside it. Photo via mayor’s office.
A Visit to the Jungle, A Year After the Murders

A Visit to the Jungle, A Year After the Murders

The greenbelt shows some signs of improvement, but still suffers from neglect.

A Visit to the Jungle, A Year After the Murders
Seattle Evicts the Homeless Encampment That It Created While Evicting ‘the Jungle’ Last Year

Seattle Evicts the Homeless Encampment That It Created While Evicting ‘the Jungle’ Last Year

Last year, campers fled from the Jungle to the Field. Now they’re fleeing the Field.

Seattle Evicts the Homeless Encampment That It Created While Evicting ‘the Jungle’ Last Year
Councilmembers Ask Mayor to Hold Off On Eviction of ‘The Field’

Councilmembers Ask Mayor to Hold Off On Eviction of ‘The Field’

Several city councilmembers are asking the mayor to give homeless campers a week to clean things up.

Councilmembers Ask Mayor to Hold Off On Eviction of ‘The Field’
The remains of a fire at the Field homeless encampment on February 11, 2017. Photo by Cory Potts.

Murray Announces $55 Million Tax Measure for Homeless Services

The measure, which would need the approval of voters, could be on the August ballot.

The remains of a fire at the Field homeless encampment on February 11, 2017. Photo by Cory Potts.
Fire Devours Three Tents At the Field; Fast-Thinking Campers Contain Blaze

Fire Devours Three Tents At the Field; Fast-Thinking Campers Contain Blaze

Homeless campers have been asking Seattle for fire extinguishers for months.

Fire Devours Three Tents At the Field; Fast-Thinking Campers Contain Blaze
ACLU WA Asks for Restraining Order to Stop Seattle Homeless Sweeps

ACLU WA Asks for Restraining Order to Stop Seattle Homeless Sweeps

The civil liberties group is already suing Seattle over the sweeps, arguing they violate the Constitution.

ACLU WA Asks for Restraining Order to Stop Seattle Homeless Sweeps
Counting the Homeless Is Hard. Here’s What Friday Night’s Count Numbers Will, and Won’t, Mean.
Counting the Homeless Is Hard. Here’s What Friday Night’s Count Numbers Will, and Won’t, Mean.
Progress Slow and Garbage Woe At City Homelessness Meeting

Progress Slow and Garbage Woe At City Homelessness Meeting

Seattle’s limited efforts to address homelessness are slowly manifesting.

Progress Slow and Garbage Woe At City Homelessness Meeting
The Homeless People Who Died in King County in 2016

The Homeless People Who Died in King County in 2016

These are our neighbors who died without a place to call home.

The Homeless People Who Died in King County in 2016
Illustration by Joshua Boulet

How #ManInTree Showed Us the Reality of Mental Health Treatment in 2016

Cody Lee Miller is finally receiving the treatment he needs. The only question is why he had to do what he did to get it.

Illustration by Joshua Boulet
City to Sponsor Three More Homeless Encampments

City to Sponsor Three More Homeless Encampments

Located in White Center, West Seattle, and Licton Springs, they will shelter more than 200 souls.

City to Sponsor Three More Homeless Encampments
Puyallup’s Homeless Policies Earn Place In National ‘Hall of Shame’

Puyallup’s Homeless Policies Earn Place In National ‘Hall of Shame’

The mayor insists Puyallup is very nice to homeless people. Residents wish they’d go away.

Puyallup’s Homeless Policies Earn Place In National ‘Hall of Shame’
County Braces for Less Funding and More Homelessness Under President Trump

County Braces for Less Funding and More Homelessness Under President Trump

On undocumented immigrants, Constantine says King County won’t ‘ask for people’s papers.’

County Braces for Less Funding and More Homelessness Under President Trump
8 Little Fixes in the City Budget That Can Make a Big Difference
8 Little Fixes in the City Budget That Can Make a Big Difference

Muslim Community Members, Syrian Refugees to Give Out Supplies to Homeless

“These folks know what it means to suffer and they really want to give back.”

Illustration by Joshua Boulet

A Year of Emergency

Last November the mayor promised extraordinary measures to fight homelessness. After 12 months of plans and battles, have we made any progress?

Illustration by Joshua Boulet
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