In April 2018, the King County Auditor's office released a report on the equity and efficiency issues of paid fare enforcement officers on King County Metro’s Rapid Ride buses. The report reveals the high cost in human, social, and economic terms of criminalizing homelessness through fare enforcement.
This week's blog shines a light on YWCA's Race and Social Manager, Michelle Osborne. We discussed YWCA's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), her choice to work at YWCA, and how our agency can fulfill its mission, eliminating racism and empowering women.
Ramadan is the month when Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset to commemorate one of the five pillars of Islam. This week's blog will explain what the month entails, its origins and address common questions those who observe the fast are often asked.
The 2018 Count Us In report shows that King County has not provided enough services to stem a growing number of people living out of their cars. Meanwhile, systemic racism continues to drive racial disparities in who becomes homeless in our neighborhoods.
May 28 marked Amnesty International Day, serving as a reminder to us all to uphold and recognize the value of human rights. This week's blog highlights the origins of Amnesty, the importance of their work, and how it aligns with YWCA's mission.
Two weeks ago, advocates, homeless service providers, housing organizations, formerly and currently homeless folks, and housing policy experts all convened in Yakima for the 2018 Conference on Ending Homelessness, organized by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.