Advocating For Our Unsheltered Neighbors w/ Frank Chopp & Kshama Sawant
Another one of our top focus during our Open House was Homelessness. We view the homeless community as our neighbors and want to engage everyone in the conversation on how to advocate for this community as well.
Over 500,000 young people experience homelessness every year throughout our nation. Despite that staggering figure, there are only 4,000 youth shelter beds across the country. This forces the majority of homeless youth to struggle for survival on the streets.
Representative Frank Chopp has allocated $1.5 million in funding from the city of Seattle that will be spread out over the next three years to support a homeless youth opportunity center and housing project in Capitol Hill. This will be a great opportunity for us to hear what is being done on a legislative level and how we can assist on a community level.
We are also teaming up with Be: Seattle who have been collecting things like socks, underwear, hats, gloves, menstrual products, etc. (socks, gloves, and hats have been specially asked for this month). In hopes to distribute these to our unsheltered neighbors at a later.
In addition, we are hoping to have others from the community to provide various perspectives of the homeless conversation and how we can focus on helping and empowering Seattle’s vulnerable communities.
Our meeting will be on the 19th @ 6:00 – 7:30 and would love you to attend!
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