Shortly after volunteering at the One Night Count, social work student Tara Lee Lange reflects on the acute dangers that people who experience homelessness face every day. The rate of violence against a national sample of people experiencing homelessness was almost 25 times that of the general U.S. population.
The number of people sleeping outdoors in King County increased by 19 percent in a year. Reports about homelessness from across the state are similarly grim, but there is reason for hope. Community members and policymakers are paying attention to homelessness and housing, and now is a great time to advocate for policies that will help end our statewide crisis.
A domestic violence survivor who lives with a disability, Carissa Daniels uses a housing choice (aka Section 8) voucher to help pay the rent. She writes that when she and her daughter look for housing, they run into landlords who refuse to accept her voucher. Advocates are working to outlaw this kind of discrimination; find out how you can help!
Law student Josh loves Seattle, but rising rent prices make him doubt whether he'll be able to continue living in the city. The lack of affordable housing is a crisis not only in Seattle, but also in many communities across the state. Do you want to live in a community where everybody has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home? Then prepare to take action as we head into the state legislative session, which begins on Jan. 11. We share how.
Domestic violence survivor Carissa Daniels decided to bring some positive into her experience by sharing her story and educating others. In this powerful post, she writes about what it's like to revisit some of her most painful memories in the hope of helping other people who are living with abuse.