A year ago, Kaylee Gordon was setting up camp deep in the woods of West Seattle. “I feel safe in this spot,” she told me. At the time, Kaylee was hopeful that her future contained a career in music. “It’s always been my passion, it’s my life,” she said. She sang, played guitar, and told me this season of homelessness was just a speed bump along her journey. “So, this isn’t really in character for me,” Kaylee told me, saying that her beloved dog and her guitar were enough to get by. This week, over a year later, she was spotted in Belltown entering Dan’s convenience store on Third Avenue. Without shoes, dirty, and disheveled security guard Giovanni English tried Read More ›
Sounding the Alarm This week I took a deep dive into the vast network of encampments scattered throughout heavily wooded areas in Seattle public parks (@SeattleParks.) Many are built on steep hills and embankments, making them extremely vulnerable to mudslides and other risk factors. While most remain abandoned, some are still occupied by people. For months now, Andrea Suarez (@weheartfounder) and We Heart Seattle (@weheartseattle) volunteers have been identifying the most at risk camps, including ones in Queen Anne’s Kinnear Park. Suarez says she’s asked Councilmember Andrew Lewis (@CMAndrewJLewis) and Seattle Parks Superintendent AP Diaz (@SeattleShines) to remove these structures immediately. But she says city officials are ignoring this potential liability. That’s why Suarez is racing to get these men Read More ›
Hidden Seattle A few days ago, outreach group We Heart Seattle (@weheartseattle) found a stolen United Rentals (@UnitedRentals) forklift abandoned in a #Seattle homeless encampment along the East Duwamish Greenbelt. But there was much more. Walking further into the heavily wooded area, we discovered a constellation of tents and structures, even some set up under I-5 which is Washington State Department of Transportation (@WSDOT) property. We spoke to several people who say they are intentionally trying to live off the grid. This is a choice. Once again, this is not a housing issue. “Housing first” is not working. Yet this entire region is doubling down on this failed policy. There are people who do not want to pay rent, bills, Read More ›
Last week, hundreds of senior citizens from the Chinatown-International District (C-ID) marched into SODO. Protesting Dow Constantine’s homeless megaplex, they’re worried about the public safety impact on the C-ID, which is just a block away. During the rally, a homeless couple stopped to give the marchers a piece of their mind. “Go back to your country,” they yelled, leaving the elders stunned by the racist remarks. “Well, they can go back to their country too,” said community advocate Matt Chan, who didn’t appreciate the verbal attack. Andrea Suarez with the homeless outreach group We Heart Seattle recognized the couple in the video. “I was like, no! I’ve known them for over a year. We provided outreach to them initially on Western Avenue,” she said. She Read More ›
Happening Now Neighbors calling on @weheartseattle to clean properties in Seattle/King Co., knowing politics, red tape, and bureaucracy have paralyzed more broad based efforts by PUBLIC OFFICIALS. Homeless also helping. Sources say this Airport Way S. location may become RV LOT.
It’s tee time at Jackson Park golf course, part of Seattle’s vast network of public spaces. But go beyond the greens and onto nearby trails leading into the deep woods. It looks far worse than any bad shot into the rough. “I had a friend show me up here,” says Champ, who’s homeless. Surrounded by the cover of lush trees and an abundance space, Champ says he’s lived alone in peace at this encampment for almost three years. However, he says that’s now changing. “Usually when somebody gets kicked out they go somewhere else — where they’re going they’re going to raise hell in that area cause they’re pissed,” says Champ. He believes the city and state’s recent crackdown on Read More ›
Well Done For more than a year, many of us have driven by this homeless encampment on the side of the road in Queen Anne. Just a few days ago, @weheartseattle cleaned up this entire area. Only one woman was living here at the time and they got her into a “Tiny House.” Well Oiled Machine @weheartfounder wasn’t even there when I showed. She was personally helping this homeless person transition. Otherwise, neighbors tired of waiting on city and county, now calling @weheartseattle to clean up abandoned homeless encampments. This is a movement. Call Them I have met so many good neighbors in Seattle who are tired of the red tape. Even with @MayorofSeattle’s homeless plan, it won’t immediately address Read More ›