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Tag: Human Services and Health

Town Hall about Rising Rents with Councilmember Sawant

Next week, on Thursday, 4/23, at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, Councilmember Kshama Sawant and I are co-hosting a Town Hall to discuss the impacts of rising rents on Seattle residents and what we can do about it.  I hope that you can join us.  Sponsoring organizations include the Community Housing Caucus, the Church […]

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One Night Count Numbers Jump 21%

Each year the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, organizes a one night count of people all over King County sleeping in their cars, in doorways, under bridges, in greenbelts, and in doorways.  This year 1000 people participated in the count.  This year, these volunteers counted 3,772 people without shelter in King County last night.  This […]

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Mental Health & Art

Can art reduce the stigma of mental illness? The answer may lie in the current City Hall exhibit running through February 27th.

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Council Conversations at Hugo House

I appear in the November edition of Council Conversations, filmed at Hugo House.
Host Josephine Cheng and I discuss the City budget, creating the Office of Labor Standards, homelessness, medical marijuana, and Seattle governance once districts arrive i…

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Mary’s Place and Crowd-Sourcing Toward Solutions for Homelessness

​_<meta http-equiv=”X-Frame-Options” content=”DENY” />   We are about to pass a budget in the City of Seattle that truly puts people first. I am proud of the additional $1+ million my colleagues and I added to help people who are homeless get safe housing, to clean their clothes and shower, to charge their phones, to […]

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From Streets to Shelter

Even though we provide millions of dollars for supportive housing, according to the One Night Count last January 3,123 people remain on our streets county-wide, without permanent shelter. This is a public health and public safety crisis–for those who are unsheltered and for everyone in the community. I heard powerful testimony from those who attended […]

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Where to go when you gotta go

I’ve been hearing concerns from many that our downtown public spaces feel unwelcoming. As someone who lives and works downtown, I am committed to creating a civic center that is safe, healthy and welcoming to all. I’m working on several ideas including making it easier to access a restroom for everyone who lives, works and […]

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Lockers: One Way to Help

You may have read this in The Stranger, but in case you haven’t, I wanted you to see a letter that Councilmember Harrell and I wrote. Thanks for reading — Sally Imagine you have lost your job, your home, maybe your marriage or long term relationship. You now find yourself alone and homeless in Seattle. […]

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Looking forward

On Monday, January 6th, 2014 I had the great pleasure of beginning my second term representing you as a Seattle City Councilmember. I wanted to say a few words about some of what I want to accomplish for you over the next few years. First, a healthy, clean and vibrant city, both in our downtown […]

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Seattle Indian Services

Today, the Council passed an ordinance approving the Seattle Indian Services Commission’s decision to transfer of the Leschi Center building to the Seattle Indian Health Board and a Resolution in support of the social services provided by the Seattle Indian Center.

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