Yesterday, dozens of Seattle media outlets focused coverage on homelessness. Advocates, elected officials and other citizens flooded Twitter with posts tagged #SeaHomeless. We've rounded up some of the stories and social media action in a new Storify post.
Crosscut launched the #SeaHomeless hashtag, and rallied other local media organizations to focus on homelessness for a day. "The central idea is to push our coverage of homelessness beyond spot news and band-aid solutions, and to look at root causes and long-term remedies," writes Crosscut's editor-in-chief.
Advocate Sahro Farah celebrated a victory last week when the Seattle City Council banned rent hikes on unsafe properties.
School psychologist Perry Firth has graced this blog many times with her research on the effects of child homelessness. Soon she'll share her insights with educators and service providers through a new professional development course she'll teach at Seattle University. Here, Perry writes about her motivations for teaching this course, and reminds us that, no matter our profession, we can all take steps to help end homelessness.
Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness has used film, photography, public art installations and storytelling to create widespread awareness of and empathy for families experiencing homelessness. The project's director, Catherine Hinrichsen, shares what she's learned about using the power of art and emotion to spark change in this insightful post, originally published on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimists site.