Firesteel Blog

Our blog is a space for stories about homelessness, as well as ideas for creating economic security for women and families. You’ll often see posts from advocates across the state. We’d love to share your contributions, too. Get in touch with your ideas for the blog.

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Tent Life: Reflections on Experiencing Homelessness as a Child

As a child, Barbara Abelhauser lived in a tent with her family. Today she is a bridge operator and writer. Photo by Amy Sassenberg courtesy Barbara Abelhauser.
As a child, Barbara Abelhauser lived in a tent with her family. Today she is a bridge operator and writer. Photo by Amy Sassenberg courtesy Barbara Abelhauser.
“There was a complicated set of circumstances that caused us to live in a tent, but laziness wasn’t one of them. I have worked since I was 10 years old. There wasn’t a single member of my family that wouldn’t have moved heaven and earth to get out of our situation.” Barbara Abelhauser shares what it was like to spend much of her childhood living in a tent with her family.

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Housing Advocates Go for the Gold

As Olympians dazzle viewers worldwide, local community members are flexing their advocacy muscles and achieving victories in the movement to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. In the spirit of the Olympics, we highlight a few all-star teams who’ve earned a round of applause and one shining moment on the Firesteel podium.

Help Make Seattle Affordable for All. Vote YES for Homes!

We’ve all received our primary election ballots, but, as of yesterday, only 13 percent of us had returned them. Primaries often don’t get as much attention as general elections, but they’re also important. The stakes are particularly high in Seattle, where we have the opportunity to help make our city more affordable for all through the Housing Levy. In this opinion piece, published yesterday in the Seattle Times, our YWCA’s CEO and two of her colleagues make the case for voting YES on Prop. 1, the Seattle Housing Levy. Read their take, and don’t forget to vote!

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