We are at a crossroads in Seattle’s history.
As population and cost of living surge, and the supply of affordable housing dwindles, the Homelessness State of Emergency declared in 2015 continues to deepen. Our actions today will determine whether the Seattle of the future is a welcoming sanctuary that embraces diversity, or a homogenous city where only the most privileged can live. Thus far, the City’s response to the homelessness crisis has failed to adequately reckon with the affordable housing crisis that is at its root. We can do better.