News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Homeless number drops in One Night Count

January 28th, 2011 by master

Last night, between the hours of 2 and 5 a.m., volunteers fanned out across King County for the 31st annual “One Night Count” of unsheltered homeless people, including those in Wallingford and neighboring areas.

One Night Count organizers released information this morning about last night’s count:

Seattle/King County Coalition for the Homeless (SKCCH) Director Alison Eisinger announced early this morning that the number of people counted outside in King County is down 11% compared to last year’s count. Volunteer teams working through the night counted 2,442 people living on the streets of King County. The people were of every age, race and gender. Some were huddled in doorways, some sleeping in cars, camped in parking lots, or sheltered in makeshift campsites.

The One Night Count of People who are Homeless is conducted each January to produce a snapshot of the total number of unsheltered individuals on the streets of King County.

Beginning at 2:00 am Friday morning, 886 volunteers in 137 teams counted the people sleeping outdoors in King County. The volunteers were organized through ten area headquarters. Counters returned to historical and new count areas in Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Shoreline, Kenmore Bothell, Seattle, White Center, Federal Way, Kent, Renton and Auburn. The 2011 One Night Count also collected information from select hospitals about emergency room usage, and from Metro night owl buses operating throughout the county. The numbers released today are understood to represent the minimum number of unsheltered people on this single night.

Capitol Hill Housing’s Joshua Okrent said earlier this week that areas in Wallingford and across North Seattle were included in the count. We know that many of the homeless in this area live in vehicles and asked Okrent about how they’re counted. He said, “We make an effort to count people living in their cars, and we certainly consider them homeless. When we see a car being used as a shelter we estimate 2 per vehicle unless it is clear that a different number of people are living there.”

Okrent couldn’t mention specific count areas where volunteers count, he said, because they want to keep the numbers as accurate as possible. “Letting people know the count sites ahead of time can alter the numbers by both encouraging people to stay out on a night that they would otherwise have found shelter, OR causing them to leave an area entirely as they are afraid of being seen and counted,” Okrent said.

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SHARE shelter opens tonight, see video

September 15th, 2010 by master

KING 5 was at Gift of Grace Lutheran Church this morning, reporting on the SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort) homeless shelter that will open there tonight at 7 p.m. Up to 15 men and women will be housed in the church’s balcony. Some neighbors and many parents whose children attend the Huckleberry Forest Preschool in the church basement are angry with how the church has handled the addition of the shelter to the community.

The hours of the shelter and the preschool will not overlap, insists Pastor Jami Fecher, nor will they share any space.

This video contains footage from the community meeting on Sunday described in detail here.

On Monday KIRO ran this story about the Huckleberry Preschool parents’ concerns. It also features a tour of the shelter space.

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The Homeless Neighbor

April 29th, 2010 by master

Seattle’s homeless population stretches far beyond downtown. North Seattle residents and businesses are also struggling to deal with the issue. To see how the community is trying to find a balance, we take you to the streets of Ballard for a raw and compelling look at the problem.

The Homeless Neighbor is the third in a series of stories partnering Next Door Media sites with the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class. One of the authors of this story is Christian Caple, the editor of our newest neighborhood site U District Daily. We invite you to take a look.

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