Homeless in Seattle

The Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County offers a blueprint for how the region will work together to confront the issues that cause homelessness and create the housing and supportive services needed to end homelessness for the thousands of men, women and children who currently live without a permanent roof over their heads.

The plan, introduced in March 2005, has been approved by the Metropolitan King County Council and endorsed by cities representing 85 percent of the county’s population, as well as by dozens of social organizations and faith communities countywide…

Homeless shelters in Seattle, one of the nation’s wealthiest cities, turn people away each night. Wait lists for low-income housing are years-long. Cars and tents serving as makeshift homes can be spotted all over Seattle and the rest of King County.

Across the U.S., more than a million Americans wound up in homeless shelters in 2013, according to the latest numbers from the Obama administration. Homelessness remains widespread, but in most places, it’s been decreasing in recent years.

That’s not the case in Seattle

14 Comments!

  1. Another Bob
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm |

    Available space is not the only reason shelters refuse entry. The majority of shelters require some level of sobriety in order to enter and non-violent behavior in order to stay.

  2. Paul Moore
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 4:54 pm |

    Traverse City, Michigan has the same problem. It’s an affluent tourist town filled with SJWs. (Michael Moore has a summer home there.) They started several programs to help the homeless. Now they are overrun. When you subsidize something, you get more of it.

  3. staghounds
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 4:55 pm |

    “All told, under a 10-year plan put together a decade ago by a public-private partnership called the Committee to End Homelessness, roughly $1 billion has gone to the cause.”

    That’s a hundred thousand dollars and a bit per homeless person.

    They could have bought every one of them a house. Or paid every one of them $10,000 a year to find a place to live.

  4. Stick
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 6:10 pm |

    If you build it they will come

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm |

    Homeless shelters in Seattle, one of the nation’s wealthiest cities, turn people away each night. Wait lists for low-income housing are years-long. Cars and tents serving as makeshift homes can be spotted all over Seattle and the rest of King County.

    You heard of magnet schools? Well, King County has built a giant bum magnet.
    Keep spreading that honey, dogooders. Enjoy the flies.

  6. Dave
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 6:16 pm |

    Don’t forget legal weed, the new magnet.

  7. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 6:33 pm |

    South Park fixed their problem.

  8. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 4:15 am |

    Prog plans failing? That’s not possible – they’re always right about everything!

  9. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 6:46 am |

    a permanent roof over their heads

    That’s a pretty high bar…

    I’ve lived under the same roof for about 25 years — though the roof itself has been changed, rather a lot — yet *I* hafta keep doing things to keep that roof, and me, in the same place.

    Am I doing it worng?

  10. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 7:08 am |

    a permanent roof over their heads
    Well, are there any caves in the Seattle area? Or maybe abandoned tunnels?

  11. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 7:43 am |

    Caves in Seattle? I don`t think so, but the homeless could probably dig them……If you told(lie) them there is a vein of gold about a hundred feet inside the hill or mountain…..

  12. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 9:34 am |

    Claire ^9
    I think “permanent” means “as long as they’re running for office.”

  13. ZZMike
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm |

    Paul Moore (#2) ” When you subsidize something, you get more of it.”

    When you feed the neighborhood cat, he tends to come back to your place. And why not? He’d be a fool not to.

    At least they had the common sense not to call it the War on Homelessness (seeing as how all those other Wars on Social Ills have turned out).

    Rampant Homelessness didn’t happen overnight. It’s been with humanity since Cain had to wander around with the big “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” sign. And it’s been with us at least since the Dust Bowl era.

    Cities like Frisco – which opened its arms and sidewalks to the undomiciled – have not had a good outcome.

    Claire (#9): Yeah: make your next roof out of titanium.

    Anybody here remember the WPA?

    Along those lines, China has a gazillion people – not all of them run internet businesses. They have almost no street-sweeping machines, but they have squeaky-clean streets (in the big cities). That’s because they give some of those underemployed people a broom and a dustpan. After which, dinner.

  14. Ironic in Denver
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm |

    ^ Cain with the “Hands UP Don’t Shoot” sign is a nice turn of phrase.

    Guess I can’t used it elsewhere since anything that good requires attribution, and attribution is way too much work for me.