The City of Seattle is now three years into its officially declared homelessness crisis. Yet, there are still incredibly widespread misconceptions about homelessness among the average citizen. These misconceptions, or myths, exert a strong influence on people’s level of compassion for and knowledge about homelessness.
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.
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.
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.
For many Americans, the American Dream symbolizes a promise that you could afford the life you wanted if you worked full time. Today folks are working two jobs and still not able to afford their rent, let alone dream of affording a house in King or Snohomish counties. We take the time to stop and ask why this is happening here, and what we can do to change it.