Thursday marked the third annual #SeaHomeless day of media coverage on homelessness in Seattle. Outlets like Crosscut, the Seattle Times, SeattlePI.com, and KUOW joined together to dedicate coverage to the stories of those experiencing homelessness in the Seattle area, organizations working to end homelessness, and possible solutions from around the city and country. Here is a round up of some of the most powerful, thoughtful, and informative pieces from the day.
- This Seattle Times article takes a look into the experimental tiny house village in Licton Springs that allows drug use. The story explores the wide range of opinions related to this housing “experiment.”
- In this story from Crosscut, David Kroman examines one bright spot in the statistics on homelessness in Seattle – the number of veterans experiencing homelessness dropped by 31 percent between 2017 and 2018. According to services providers interviewed by Crosscut, the sustained federal and local dollars dedicated to homeless veterans have helped reduce their rates. Also, the utilization of a by-name list of homeless veterans that allows service providers to coordinate with each other on individual cases and to find gaps in services. Crosscut also published this piece examining the significant human-animal bond between those experiencing homelessness and their pets.
- This story from KCTS 9 examines the relationship between experiencing trauma and homelessness.
- KUOW contributed this profile of three homeless youth living in the U-District.
- GeekWire and The Evergrey gathered questions from readers on homelessness in order to drive their reporting for #SeaHomeless. Based off of the submitted question, “what are other cities doing that works and why aren’t we as effective?,” GeekWire put together this article that dives into what other cities and states are doing to address homelessness.
- Over at our sister site, StateofReform.com, Kylie Walsh put together this overview of the health care needs of people experiencing homelessness and the barriers they experiencing in accessing care.
- And in case you missed it, here is our Q&A with Erin Chapman-Smith from YouthCare, on the unique challenges that homeless LGBTQ youth face, and a highlight of the Isis at Ravenna House, the only transitional housing model of its kind in the state.