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Homeless Man and Repeat Offender Appears Before Court After Third Arrest

Friday afternoon, Seattle Police arrested homeless man Steve Irwin in Dr. Jose Rizal Park. This is now the THIRD TIME cops have taken Irwin away in handcuffs since last October. Neighbors called 911 after noticing heavy machinery and an elaborate encampment. Read More ›
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The Four Phases of Recovery at Forge Center

Last year I wrote about how formerly-homeless residents of the Orange County Rescue Mission in California could progress through an 18-month program in four phases that give them the readiness to live on their own. Through hard experience the Forge Center in Joplin, Missouri has also come up with four phases, with completion possible in 16 months. Read More ›
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Burien Strengthens Public Camping Ordinance

In a 5-2 vote Monday evening, the Burien City Council strengthened it’s public camping ordinance. Homeless now have to stay 500 ft away from libraries, schools, daycares, parks, and other “critical areas.” It goes into effect immediately. Mayor Kevin Schilling-Yes Deputy Mayor Stephanie Mora-Yes CM Jimmy Matta-Yes CM Alex Andrade-Yes CM Linda Akey-Yes CM Hugo Garcia-No CM Sarah Moore-No During Monday’s night’s Burien council meeting, I noticed several homeless guys making tons of noise in the bathroom. When I went inside, I saw a bowl of Cheerios and drug paraphernalia scattered across the sink area. Then I realized it was Austin, a young man I encountered last year. During Monday night’s Burien council meeting, a young homeless woman by the Read More ›

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Human Feces Lines International District Sidewalks Before Mayor’s Lighting Celebration

New Lights, Same Problems New lights, same problems in Seattle’s Chinatown International District. Thursday evening, Mayor Bruce Harrell will be at Hing Hay Park to celebrate the installation of new canopy and cafe lighting fixtures. But you can still see the obvious signs of drug addiction, mental illness, and homelessness everywhere. And the area around DESC’s Navigation Center homeless shelter continues to attract an inordinate amount of crime to Little Saigon. Serious question, is there any other community of color in this city that deals with such a high concentration of these problems? And will CM Tammy Morales (@CMTammyMorales) show up to offer solutions?