Posted by: phillipsre | October 20, 2016

Seattle Needs A Better Way to Deal with Homelessness

An estimated 400 people lived in a three-mile stretch under I-5 known as "the Jungle." Photo Credit: The Stranger

An estimated 400 people lived in a three-mile stretch under I-5 known as “the Jungle.”
Photo Credit: The Stranger

When people protested outside the Mayor’s house after the close of the Jungle, a homeless camp in Seattle that was shut down to work on the freeway, we saw an amazing display of compassion in our city, which is wonderful. Unfortunately, this is not enough to fix the homeless problem in Seattle. As Dave Ross explains in his MyNorthwest.com article, “At some point, the city is going to have to set aside a piece of land that has $400 garden sheds and portable toilets if they want everyone to have some kind of shelter.” Currently, the city continues to use high priced real estate to try and house small groups of displaced people, the city is still very expensive to live in and there are not enough low-income buildings to house all the people that need shelter or enough resources dedicated to help those in need.  Read the full article for more insight on the issue, and feel free to comment on your thoughts on this pressing issue in Seattle and other areas.

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