There was a time — back when the Navigation Team was focused on relationship building and run by the seasoned homeless outreach workers at REACH — when it seemed like Seattle’s approach to unsheltered encampments might be on the right track.
But that time has long since passed.
In November of 2015, Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency on homelessness, saying all residents should have access to shelter. That, obviously, has not happened. While the state of emergency persists, whatever sense of urgency that edict once offered has since faded.
Read more in the Aug. 5-11, 2020 issue.