Signatures address Homelessness 

March 14, 2018

Sunday, some 43 members & friends of Plymouth Church signed the Housing for All Coalition's letter to urge Seattle City Council and Mayor Durkan to find at least $150 million per year in new progressive revenue this year, including an Employee Hours Tax or similar tax on Seattle’s largest businesses and recommends the following priorities for the use of this funding:

  • Housing. The bulk of this revenue should be used to build many thousands of new units of deeply affordable housing as rapidly as possible. 
  • Maintain current programs meeting survival and other basic needs, and then add capacity.
  • Address the need for safe parking and services for people living in vehicles.  
  • Fund strategies that address the additional barriers to housing faced by people with criminal records and active drug users.
  • Make provision for adequate wages and benefits for the workers who provide homelessness services, to recruit and retain the skilled workforce to do this crucial work.

The “Housing for All Coalition” (Housing4All) is one of the main advocacy organizations for people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Seattle. The letter to Mayor and Council members reflects the situation in our City and what we need to do soon. It will be presented on March 14, when the City Council takes up the report by a task force set up to recommend more revenue for the City. The Church Council of Greater Seattle and Faith Action Network are among nearly 100 organizations that have endorsed this letter which you may read at the kiosk in the narthex. –Adele Reynolds 

Join the Pilgrimage

The Justice Leadership Northwest Pilgrimage Project offers a three-day journey to explore the roots and contributing factors to the Seattle homelessness crisis. Hear from experts and visit various relevant sites and organizations. Gain information and experience to accelerate an understanding of the causes and realities of homelessness. Participants end the pilgrimage with a greater understanding and see ways social justice leaders are working to end homelessness. Join us March 26, 27 and 28. Cost is $150.00; food and transportation are provided. For more information, contact Rev. Rich Gamble or Hunter Paulson-Smith at 206.632.6021 or email: Keystone5019@gmail.com



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