Category Archives: homeless

Council gets a Pathways Home update, and the news is not great

On September 8th, the Mayor rolled out the city’s Pathways Home plan to address the homeless crisis. It’s almost five months later, and last week the Council got its first status update on how things are coming along.

Short answer: they’ve been doing a lot of talking with their partners and with the public, they’ve made a few decisions, but very little has happened that actually makes things better for homeless people in our city.

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The One Night Count Happened, And Now We Wait… And Wait

Last Friday morning, Seattle and King County did its annual “One Night Count” of homeless people living here. A lot changed from last year¬†in the way they performed the count, which partially explains why you haven’t heard a result yet. Here’s what the City Council was told about it last week.

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ACLU files class-action lawsuit against Seattle and WSDOT for homeless sweeps

Today a class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by the ACLU on behalf of Seattle’s homeless, against the City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The suit charges that the city and WSDOT’s “sweeps” of homeless encampments violate the constitutional rights of the encampments’ residents by

seizing and destroying the property of people who are living outside without adequate and effective notice, an opportunity to be heard, or a meaningful way to reclaim any property that was not destroyed.

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“Bridging the Gap” interim homeless response gives its first Council update

Yesterday the Human Services and Public Health Committee heard its first update of the Mayor’s “Bridging the Gap” plan, intended to be the interim response to the city’s homelessness crisis until the full “Pathways Home” plan can be rolled out in 2018.

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