Veterans

A Stable Home Helped Sam Find Community, Purpose, and a Passion for Art

Sam, a resident at YWCA's Opportunity Place, holds a picture she made of a friend's pet. Sam says that creating art has built her confidence and helped her connect with community.
Sam, a resident at YWCA's Opportunity Place, holds a picture she made of a friend's pet. Sam says that creating art has built her confidence and helped her connect with community.
Read how an apartment supported by the Seattle Housing Levy transformed the life of one budding artist, and find out how you can ensure our city continues to invest in affordable homes.

Culture Watch: Inside the Epidemic of Veteran Suicide With “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

 This image captures the intensity of the crisis responders at the Veterans Crisis Hotline as they do everything they can to steer callers away from suicide. Image from <a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/crisis-hotline-veterans-press-1#/" target="_blank">HBO</a>.
This image captures the intensity of the crisis responders at the Veterans Crisis Hotline as they do everything they can to steer callers away from suicide. Image from HBO.
The Oscar-winning documentary "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1" really hit home for guest blogger Perry Firth. She was once a responder at a local crisis line, and the film brought back memories of the people she spoke with who were contemplating taking their own lives. In this moving post, she reflects on the film, what she learned as a crisis responder, and the connections between military service, suicide and homelessness.

A Formerly Homeless Veteran Reflects on Volunteering in the One Night Count

Volunteers look for people sleeping outdoors during an annual Point in Time Count. Photo credit: Todd Bookman for <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/one-day-count-finds-nhs-homeless-population-down-14-percent" target="_blank">NHPR</a>.
Volunteers look for people sleeping outdoors during an annual Point in Time Count. Photo credit: Todd Bookman for NHPR.
Participating in the One Night Count can be an emotional experience for anyone, but it was especially poignant for first-time volunteer Thomas Green because he once experienced homelessness. In a new video, Thomas shares what it was like for him to walk outdoors and count people who were without shelter.

I’m an Advocate: August Mallory

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This Veterans Day, we thank members of the armed forces for their service. We also recognize that too many of these brave men and women experience homelessness when they leave the service. Today we hear from August Mallory, who served in the US Navy for 10 years, and later slept on the streets after the warehouse where he worked closed.

He Saved Up for Rent and a Deposit—So Why Was Thomas Stuck in a Shelter?

When Thomas was living in a homeless shelter in Tacoma, he saved up to get an apartment. He had first and last months' rent, a deposit, and enough money for three tenant screening fees each month. An error on his screening report got him rejected by landlords time after time, though, and he spent hundreds of dollars on tenant screening reports. Thomas was stuck in the shelter months longer than he needed to be. A proposed law making its way through the legislature solves this problem by creating portable screening reports -- find out what you can do to support this solution!

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