[ View the story "A paid tour through Seattle homelessness" on Storify] A paid tour through Seattle homelessness Will poverty tourism bring attention to Seattle's homeless community?
AJAMStream· Thu, Oct 03 2013 17:02:01
Your Course in Applied Homelessness begins by transforming your look and persona into that of an anonymous homeless person. You will get a nickname and a simple life script. You will be completely anonymous.realviewtour.com
@SubUrbanTour You're profiting off exploiting city resources & keeping shelter beds from people that need real help. It's sick. Please stop.Tayler Lynn
Hey Mike at @SubUrbanTour, how will your poverty tour help the homeless of Seattle?Auntie Di
@SubUrbanTour You can't COS play education about homelessness. That like saying you understand the Black Plague by going to Ren Fair.Geoff Trenchard
Seattle has a sizable homeless population. One 2012 survey
that there were at least 8,830 homeless individuals in King County, where Seattle is located. Many local residents have come up with innovative ways to support this community.
In 2005, King County established a ten-year
to end homelessness.
We are all in this together. The Committee to End Homelessness in King County includes community leaders - in business, social services, faith, housing, government, philanthropy, and more - who have come together as never before to take a stand and make a difference. Individuals who are, or were homeless contribute at every level and on every committee. None of this would work however, without the broad community support and involvement that already exists and is growing.cehkc.org
When I first met Selvin about a year and a half ago he was playing his drum on the sidewalk next to where he would sleep at night, when he saw me approach, he stretched out his arms and said loudly and proudly, "Welcome to my living room!" ... After living 12 years outside, Selvin now has housing in Ballard, wowWOW, so very happy for you Selvin!!! He said to me with the widest smile possible, "Hey, I have my own kitchen!" Then he shared that he has a hard time sleeping, that the transition to indoors is a big change, that he heard it takes about three months to settle in. You can find Selvin nearly every day playing drums on the sidewalk, out in front of the Laundromat which is just around the corner from Cafe Ladro in Fremont. PLEASE go to the 'Photos' tab above, then 'Albums', then 'Selvin' to learn more about this beautiful man. Fremont neighborhood | RexSee More
Richard Gilbert has accurately and beautifully drawn a plan of the Nickelsville community camp as it was before the big relocation. Richard is passionate about his drawings, has plans drawn for other future camps, ideas of how to best org...anize, how to create a beautiful place to live, a place to call home. Richard is interested in selling prints of his Nickelsville camp drawing, it is quite remarkable in its draftsmanship and importance for recording the continued struggle for housing in this city. Prints will be sold for $30.00, a little over $8 going to printing charges. If you are interested in receiving a print please let us know below in the comment section and then give Rex a call at 206-330-1142 with the purchase order specifics. Nickelsville neighborhood | RexSee More
is a Seattle job placement program that trains homeless and disadvantaged individuals in the culinary arts. The organization has provided job opportunities for almost 6,500 people while serving over 5.5 million meals to the disadvantaged.
Faces of FareStartca235
The 'street newspaper'
focuses on homelessness, poverty and social justice issues. The paper provides employment for 300 homeless and low-income people each month.
Real Change is a hand-up—not a hand out—and extends dignity and self-determination into the lives of those who often have few other legitimate income-earning opportunities.realchangenews.org
On the social news site
, Seattle citizens - some formerly homeless themselves - advised a user who was experiencing homelessness in the city for the first time.
I can't say enough good things about Compass Housing Alliance. They were instrumental in helping me get out of the shelter system.AblativeCase
Being in this situation sucks. I have been in your situation before and I know with time and effort it only gets better, just don't give up ( unless its useless things like cigarettes, drugs, alcohol). If you ever need some lunch, send me a PM, ill buy you a sandwich (no one should ever go hungry), and maybe I can give you some advice on how I pulled through. hombre_serio
The user who originally posted the request for advice came back to Reddit to
the Seattle social media community for their help.
I posted about being newly homeless here in Seattle, asking for advice. The outpouring of not only advice, but offers of assistance ranging from a free meal, to a job connection, to a motel before an important interview, and more, has absolutely blown my mind.reddit.com
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