When I first heard that Seattle was thinking of expanding our emergency shelter to King County Jail, I thought this was the worst idea ever. When The Seattle Times called for a quote, I was unequivocal.
“Symbolism matters,” I said. “Just the optics of housing homeless people in a jail are horrible.” Since then, I’ve reconsidered.
With homeless people dying in record numbers, and winter breathing chill and rain down their necks, we can’t afford to dismiss any option.