PubliCalendar: Ending Family Homelessness

By Duke Sullivan July 24, 2012

Tomorrow's pick for political nerds.

Seattle City Council, Wednesday, July 24, 2:00 pm, Mary’s Place,  1830 9th Ave. Free.

On Wednesday, the Seattle City Council's housing and human services committee will meet at Mary’s Place---Seattle's only daytime shelter for homeless women and children---to talk about how to get homeless families off the streets.

As a part of a resolution adopted in May 2011, the council increased funds for shelter and housing services for homeless families. Nonetheless, according to a survey conducted during one night in late January, at least 214 children and 152 adults who called various programs seeking shelter were turned away for lack of space. Wednesday's forum will address alternatives that could help serve those underserved homeless families with children.

However, the council‘s plans of developing new low-income multifamily housing have raised concern among some Seattle residents. In Lake City, where the city plans to turn former Fire Station 39 into housing for low-income families, residents are concerned that the new development will bring crowds of vagrants into the area.

Committee chair Nick Licata, Mary's Place director Marty Hartman, human services department director Dannette Smith, and representatives from King County Housing and Community Development, Catholic Community Services, and the King County Coalition on Homelessness will speak at the forum; read the full agenda here.

And don't forget about PubliCalendar's suggestion for today:

Columbia City Chow Down to Benefit Rainier Valley Food Bank, Tomorrow, 5-9 pm, 4908 Rainier Ave S. $50.

Rainier Valley Food Bank is hosting their crucial annual fundraiser, the Columbia City Chow Down. It features a smorgasbord of different cuisine: soul food, ice cream, pizza, African, and spicy Japanese are just the start. The proceeds will help the food bank continue to put food in the mouths of nearly 11,000 every month.

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