Even One is Too Many

3,117. This is the number of unsheltered men, women and children who were outside in King County during 2014 One Night Count, held on a chilly night in late January. That’s a staggering increase of 14% over last year. And for the people affected—and our community—it’s a crisis. The spike in unsheltered people points to…

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Ending Homelessness…What’s Next???

Tonight I will be participating in my 14th One Night Count of unsheltered individuals and families.  I guess I can say that I’ve become a bit of an expert in counting people who are experiencing homelessness and who are unsheltered.  There are the obvious places – cars, doorways, and the like.  There are also those…

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No Child Sleeps Outside

Emily Heffter of the Seattle Times recently wrote that “King County’s homeless families await help, as backlog grows”. She is right. Tonight we will have too many kids without a safe place to rest their head, do their homework, eat a hot meal, or call home.  Homelessness is a crisis for these families and is…

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Because we all count

This week our community will do its annual count of people experiencing homelessness. Hundreds of volunteers will fan out in the darkness of early morning to see who’s sleeping under the bridge, riding the bus to the end of the line, or wandering the streets, shaking off the cold. The count will also note people…

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Should You Give to Panhandlers?

Disclaimer: I don’t have the answer for you. I only have the answer for me. This time of the year causes me to think more about the question of giving to panhandlers that I see daily. I’m not the only one: Seattle Met, the City of Arlington, local filmmakers, and possibly you are asking this…

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Poor Reactions

What would our world truly be like, if there were no preconceived thoughts about each other based upon our appearances? Where looking at someone who had $2 in their pocket, gave you the same feeling as looking at someone who had $200 in their pocket? “You’re looked at like you’re trash,” she said “It’s like…

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