Tag: Homelessness

Next Steps for 1,000 Homes!

November 8th, 2016

Dear fellow housing justice advocates, Thank you so much for all of your great work on the Build 1,000 Homes campaign! In the last two weeks, our coalition of 65-plus organizations has called, emailed, and met with City Councilmembers to urge them to Build 1,000 Homes. We have succeeded in showing the Council that there […]

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Faith Communities Agree: It’s Time to Build 1,000 Homes!

October 26th, 2016

On October 25, the Church Council of Greater Seattle led a coalition of 18 congregations and 68 faith leaders calling on Councilmembers to support the growing campaign to build 1,000 homes, and to vote YES when the budget amendment comes before Council. Read their letter (PDF) below. For the full list of sponsors, click here. Learn more […]

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The Build 1,000 Homes Coalition Keeps Growing!

October 26th, 2016

The Build 1,000 Homes Coalition keeps growing! From the People’s Budget Town Hall to the public hearings on the budget, one thing is clear: When ordinary people in Seattle have the opportunity to weigh in on the budget, they point to the urgent need for affordable housing and human services. In October, grassroots organizers rallied around […]

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Coalition to Build 1,000 Homes – Frequently Asked Questions

October 14th, 2016

From the People’s Budget Town Hall to the public hearings on the budget, one thing is clear: When ordinary people in Seattle have the opportunity to weigh in on the budget, they point to the urgent need for affordable housing and human services. At the heart of our demands is an amendment to reallocate the $160 million […]

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The City Must Not Sweep Camp Second Chance

August 12th, 2016

Yesterday, my office visited Camp Second Chance, a well-organized, self-managed, clean and sober homeless encampment in Seattle. It is currently located on unused city-owned land, in one of the Myers Way Parcels. At the beginning of August, with only 72 hours’ notice, the City almost evicted them with a characteristically inhumane homeless sweep. Homeless activists, public […]

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Camp Dearborn Residents Speak Out

March 7th, 2016

On February 27, 2016, residents of Camp Dearborn, a homeless encampment in Seattle, spoke to the People’s Assembly about the struggles of being homeless, how the city has failed their community in the past, and what we need to demand to win the fight against homelessness here in Seattle. Thank you, everybody. It’s great to […]

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Stop Inhumane Sweeps of Homeless Encampments!

January 21st, 2016

On January 19, 2016, representatives of the Mayor’s office came and spoke to Council about their “Encampment Removal Protocols” – a euphemistic expression for escalating sweeps of homeless encampments. The city is demolishing unauthorized encampments, evicting people from the only shelter they can find. Where should these Seattleites go? Shelters are full, and there is a Civil State of Emergency […]

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Seriously Addressing Homelessness in Seattle

November 15th, 2015

With the Council’s recognition of the Mayor’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency on homelessness, the City of Seattle has the opportunity to dramatically escalate the fight against homelessness. Activists and social service providers have been organizing for decades to win this admission from the City government, and I want to thank everyone for the work they have done. I […]

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My remarks on the Homeless State of Emergency

November 4th, 2015

On November 3, 2015, one day after the Mayor issued a Proclamation of Civil Emergency on homelessness, I joined homeless organizers, social justice activists, and social service providers to deliver a statement. I then addressed the Council on the need to produce a response that is in proportion to the crisis. View my speech below. I’m glad […]

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Statement on Civil Emergency Proclamation – Let’s Use the City’s Rainy Day Fund to Seriously Address This Crisis

November 3rd, 2015

On November 3, 2015, one day after the Mayor issued a Proclamation of Civil Emergency on homelessness, I joined homeless organizers, social justice activists, and social service providers to deliver the following statement. Let’s Use the City’s Rainy Day Fund to Seriously Address This Crisis SEATTLE – Councilmember Kshama Sawant, along with Julia Sterkovsky, the Executive Director […]

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