There is definitely a connection, but it’s not the entire cause. By Seattle Times assistant metro editor Since The Seattle Times launched Project Homeless, we have heard many questions asked, again and again, as readers try to understand the growing and complex homelessness crisis. We will try to answer some of the most common questions, and we welcome new ones. Send them to [email protected] Other frequently asked questions Q: Are most homeless people living outside because of drug abuse? A: There is definitely a connection, but it’s not the entire cause. The Seattle Times’ Project Homeless is funded by BECU, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Campion Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Raikes Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Seattle Mariners, Starbucks and the University of Washington. The Seattle Times maintains editorial control over Project Homeless content. A report issued earlier this … [Read more...] about Are most homeless people living outside because of drug abuse?
Reporters at Project Homeless get asked a lot of questions over and over again — so we figured that our wider audience of readers would want to know the answers, too. By Seattle Times Project Homeless editor Since The Seattle Times launched Project Homeless, we have heard many questions asked, again and again, as readers try to understand the growing and complex homelessness crisis. We will try to answer some of the most common questions, and we welcome new ones. Send them to [email protected] Other frequently asked questions Q: I heard there were homeless- shelter beds sitting empty. Is that true? A: Not really. Emergency-shelter beds for single adults in King County were 90 percent full last year, according to the performance dashboard at All Home, King County’s homelessness-service-coordinating agency. The Seattle Times’ Project Homeless is funded by BECU, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Campion Foundation, the Paul G. … [Read more...] about Are homeless-shelter beds sitting empty?
Outbreaks of infectious disease among King County homeless people concern King County public health officials. King County public health officials are becoming increasingly concerned about a variety of outbreaks of serious infectious diseases among people who are homeless. Seattle-King County Public Health is investigating outbreaks of Group A Streptococcus, shigella, and a rare group of infections transmitted by body lice among people who are homeless, as well as monitoring a potential outbreak of hepatitis A, a potentially fatal disease that spread in San Diego. “The fact that we’re seeing multiple, different infections now increasing in the homeless population is an indicator of the sheer increase in the number of homeless people (in King County) and the fact that they’re in crowded conditions with poor hygiene and sanitation,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County. The Seattle Times’ Project … [Read more...] about Rare infectious diseases are rising at an ‘alarming’ rate in Seattle’s homeless population, concerning health officials
In an exit interview, the director of King County’s All Home has a few things to say about blame for homelessness, the federal government’s weak role and tiny-house villages — they “look like internment camps.” There is no one person in charge of King County’s growing homelessness problem, but Mark Putnam came the closest. He was executive director of All Home, the countywide coordinating board that succeeded the now-defunct Committee to End Homelessness. When Putnam left last month, he critiqued that model and recommended “consolidating authority” over the crisis. Putnam has worked on Seattle-area homelessness problems for 20 years, and left All Home last month for a new post at the Accelerator YMCA, the county’s largest housing provider for young adults. About this project Project Homeless is a new Seattle Times initiative that examines and explains the region’s complex problem of homelessness with watchdog reporting and … [Read more...] about King County’s former homeless ‘czar’ on homelessness: ‘The causes … are far more complex than I even knew’
A site in Wallingford is likely to be next for Nickelsville while Seattle looks to expand beyond six sanctioned homeless camps. In a bit of political theater, a city-sanctioned tent encampment in Ballard prepared to break camp and move elsewhere as its permit expired, even though the city of Seattle had said it could stay. Residents of Ballard Nickelsville began cleaning up the camp on Thursday in preparation for moving to an unspecified location. The camp’s two-year permit to occupy the city-owned parcel off Northwest Market Street expired Friday, and camp organizers said they didn’t want to risk the consequences of staying. “We’re pretty much breaking the law,” said Annie Adan, services coordinator for Ballard Nickelsville. “We’re the ones going to get arrested, not them,” she said, referring to the city officials who said they could stay. The Seattle Times’ Project Homeless is funded by BECU, The Bill & Melinda Gates … [Read more...] about Some rocky political theater, but Seattle homeless camp stays in Ballard for now