Posts for 'Human Services and Health'

Transitioning From Tents to Stability: Moving Faster to Get People Inside

October 18th, 2016

Homelessness is the most talked about issue in town right now. At dinner parties, community meetings, and even at a friend’s wedding Saturday night, people want to talk about how to shift from tents in their neighborhoods or along their drive home, to building more homes and stable shelters for people experiencing homelessness. Guests peppered […]

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The Task Force on Unsanctioned Encampments — 17 Principles

October 16th, 2016

On October 3, 2016, the Task Force on Unsanctioned Encampments issued its report.  The sixteen members and leaders offered the following 17 Principles.  I am grateful to all who were involved, including co-chairs Sally Clark and David Moseley, and the facilitator Kjris Lund.  The names of the sixteen participants are listed below. When it is necessary […]

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Creating the Seattle Success Story for those who are unsheltered

September 17th, 2016

On September 8 in  my Human Services and Public Health committee we explored the conditions of being homeless in Seattle.  National experts offered their recommendations here: Barb Poppe, Focus Strategies, and the Mayor’s Pathways Home reports. You can watch a Seattle Channel video of the meeting with a majority of my Council colleagues here. We know that nearly 3000 people […]

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The NRA and I Finally Agree

July 21st, 2016

Today at our Public Health Board meeting I learned a fact that may help me build my first bridge with the NRA: State wide in 2014, 1119 people took their own lives.  Nearly half —  551 — of these people shot themselves. Sadly, King County has one of the highest firearm suicide statistics in the […]

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Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day — even a little about Dux4

June 20th, 2016

This day, June 20, 2016 we are recognizing  worldwide Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) Awareness day.  Why, you might ask? Muscular Dystrophy causes the progressive deterioration of the muscles in the arms, back, legs and face, often robbing its victims of their health and independence. Most people who are affected by FSHD are unable to lift their arms […]

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San Francisco Trip Part II: Addiction Treatment and Options to Improve Public Health and Public Safety

June 20th, 2016

After our visit to the San Francisco Navigation Center, our Seattle coalition — including King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, representatives from the Human Services Department, the Neighborhood Safety Alliance, the If Project, and Columbia Legal Services — walked to the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Integrated Buprenorphine Intervention Service Center (IBIS Center) The opioid […]

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Building connections in the East Duwamish Greenbelt

June 17th, 2016

“You make me feel like a human again,” a woman confided to a Union Gospel Mission’s Search & Rescue Team  member after receiving a new blanket, some fresh bottled water and something to eat. Speaking fondly and respectfully of the people that he’d met in Greenbelt, UGM Team member Brian proudly showed off a necklace […]

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San Francisco Trip Part I: The Navigation Center — and now a Navigation Center in Seattle too!

June 9th, 2016

Last month King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles and I went to San Francisco with a number of local friends to learn more about how San Francisco is assisting people who are living on the streets and struggling with behavioral health and drug addiction. A small group of us with representatives from Columbia Legal Services, the […]

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Office Hours in District 7

April 25th, 2016

Last Wednesday, I hosted District 7 Office Hours in the Belltown Community Center. I was pleased to hear from community members on topics ranging from housing, transit, HALA, recreational marijuana licenses and homelessness. Each person brought a unique perspective, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to speak informally and in depth about their issues. Specifically, […]

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Checkin’ out the Streets with the MID Outreach Team

April 15th, 2016

I met Jackie St. Louis and Judy Parker at 7:30 a.m. this past Thursday morning at the Metropolitan Improvement District’s (MID) Offices Downtown. Jackie and Judy are incredibly talented outreach workers. Those of us who live and work Downtown know the MID Ambassadors – the 90 women and men who wear bright yellow jackets — […]

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