Posted by: phillipsre | June 16, 2016

Tips from Houston to Help Seattle’s Homeless Crisis

Friday October 23, 2015. Squaters camping out under the Highway 5 overpass to Highway 90 in Seattle. (Photo Credit: Seattle Times)

Squaters camping out under the Highway 5 overpass to Highway 90 in Seattle. (Photo Credit: Seattle Times)

The homeless crisis in Seattle continues, it is apparent with the number of people sleeping in tents near the freeways and under bridges. While the city continues to try and come up with solutions to these problems, we might want to take some tips from the folks in Houston. This article from the Seattle Times discusses how Houston has housed hundreds of homeless vets and families over the last few years. Some of their solutions are pretty straight forward, such as focusing on offering housing options, not just services and encampment spots. They also use technology to track their homeless community. Seattle’s homeless situation is very different than Houston so we will have our own challenges. Seattle is much more dense than the sprawling area of Houston, which makes the homeless and lack of shelter even more apparent. Seattle also has an increase in rent and housing prices which is one of the main reasons so many people have ended up homeless. One strategy from Houston is to engaged more organizations like churches, shelters and other private organizations to help, which might enable us to help more people and have more success finding homes for the people in need. There is still a lot of work to do and our Mayor and our homeless planning organizations are working hard to help find solutions.

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