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Category: homeless
February 9, 2015 at 12:54 PM

A data-driven, cheaper approach for homelessness

Jon Fine’s guest column encourages government and private philanthropy to be data-driven and accountable as we address homelessness [“We can do better, be smarter in how we help the homeless,” Opinion, Jan. 29]. My organization agrees that data-informed decisions will help us find lasting solutions to homelessness. Since early 2014, social-service organizations have been…

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Comments | More in homeless | Topics: Alice Shobe, Building Changes, homeless

January 31, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Homelessness: Address its root causes instead of just symptoms

Jon Fine contributed an admirable guest column on the effort to eradicate homelessness [“We can do better, be smarter in how we help the homeless,” Opinion, Jan. 30]. In one sense, I agree with Fine’s position: Much work has been done, yet much work remains. However, one thing must be stated clearly: The Ten-Year…

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December 31, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Fixing homelessness: A fix needs to be driven by the homeless themselves

In your editorial “Mayor Ed Murray and homelessness task force must look for long-term solution,” [Opinion, Dec. 22] you brought attention to allow for encampments as a temporary solution to alleviate the growing homeless population in Seattle. Community participation should engage not only interested stakeholders — nonprofits, advocates and local government leaders — but the…

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December 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Homelessness: More churches and other religious properties should open their doors

Per The Seattle Times’ editorial “Mayor Ed Murray and homelessness task force must look for long-term solution” [Opinion, Dec. 22], let me suggest an obvious solution: If every faith-based property (mosque, synagogue, church, whatever) were to open their doors each evening to allow people shelter, homelessness would go away. Where is the compassion supposedly…

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March 6, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Homeless: Support legislative action to fund housing

Thank you for your editorial supporting legislative action on funding for housing for the homeless [“Homeless are victims of legislative malpractice,” Opinion, March 5]. I work at Catholic Housing Services, which provides affordable housing throughout Western Washington with almost 2,000 units. Many of those units provide permanent shelter to homeless individuals and families. Without…

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February 12, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Homelessness: How to rescue families in 2014

Danny Westneat gets it right in his recent column, where he lays out an ambitious goal for 2014: No child left outside [“In fight against homelessness, let’s zero in on children,” Local News, Feb, 8]. It’s the same goal the Committee to End Homelessness, a regional coalition hosted by King County, has set as…

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Comments | More in homeless | Topics: Danny Westneat, homelessness, King County

December 20, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Solving homelessness in Seattle

Be tolerant of homeless people and intolerant of homelessness

Marc Berrier, right, looks out for homeless people to pass out coffee and donuts during the Seattle Union Gospel's Morning Watch program, Nov. 18, in Seattle. (Renee C. Byer/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

Marc Berrier, right, looks out for homeless people to pass out coffee and donuts during the Seattle Union Gospel’s Morning Watch program, Nov. 18, in Seattle. (Renee C. Byer/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

Danny Westneat has it right in the title of his column, “Homeless camps no place for kids” [Opinion, Dec. 15].

In a number of places in our country the long misery of homelessness is inflicted on victims who have no choice. Whether bad parental decisions or bad public policy, children should be spared the human tragedy and squalid conditions imposed by others.

Referrals by any source — a government agency or a homeless shelter — to a campsite is a failure of basic human compassion. Better choices are possible, especially in a city steeped in hospitality and welcome.

The good news is that there are communities making the right choice. As Westneat suggests, “Maybe we could aim instead that no child will be homeless … living in an unheated wooden shack in a camp …”

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December 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

The homeless problem in Seattle

The homeless have the ability to work, so give them jobs

In Derek Low’s guest column [“Find a site to replace Nickelsville,” Opinion, Dec. 4], he states the well-meaning motivation of caring people drawn to social work with a desire to support those in need.

But he doesn’t mention an underlying and greater need of all adults — the desire for self-esteem through work and self-support. The article fails to mention that homeless people are jobless people. Why do social-service agencies focus primarily on provision of support for homelessness? Why has the City Council spent $500,000 on maintaining an ever-expanding population of homelessness? Why didn’t the City Council consider offering the money to Costco, Safeway, Home Depot and other businesses to help train homeless people so that they can eventually provide for themselves?

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September 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Panhandling regulations

Columnist made false judgments How is it possible that someone who is intelligent enough to be a syndicated columnist can make such claims? [“Column: Putting the squeeze on panhandling,” Opinion, Sept, 1.] First of all, there’s this assumption: “ … a sign saying ‘homeless veteran’ (hardly ever the case) …” Did she count them, those “disheveled…

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Comments | More in homeless, Politics, Public safety, Seattle | Topics: begging, homelessness, pandhandling

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