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…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
Be tolerant of homeless people and intolerant of homelessness
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 …”
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?
Make resources available Last Saturday’s tragic and senseless stabbing death of Troy Wolff and hospitalization of Kristin Ito cannot be forgotten. [“Guest column: How to make downtown more safe after the death of Troy Wolff,” Opinion, Sept. 19.] We must work on ways to prevent these random acts of violence. Community leaders who have resources to effect…More
Bulldozing encampment is inhumane Nickelsville is counting the days to Sept. 1, the date set by the Seattle City Council for evicting residents from their encampment of over two years. This threatens to be “not a good photo op” for the city, as Councilmember Nick Licata put it, but it will be more than that: If Nickelsville…More
Churches are stepping up While I appreciate the effort to call attention to challenges revolving around encampments for the homeless, I was disappointed that the statements made about faith communities in Seattle were unhelpful. [“Who will step up to help the homeless?”, Opinion, Aug. 4.] To say that “no religious entity has stepped up recently to…More
Apathy toward growing problem While I wasn’t shocked at the city of Seattle’s decision to reject Nick Licata’s proposal, I was slightly thrown by some of the comments on the recent editorial on homelessness. [“Who will step up to help the homeless?”, Opinion, Aug. 4.] I am starting to understand that there is widespread apathy in…More