PRESS RELEASE – August 25, 2021 We Heart Seattle has received IRS approval as a tax exempt 501(c)3organization. Since the first ad hoc trash picks in September 2020, We Heart Seattlehas attracted hundreds of volunteers and collected more than 250,000 pounds of trash and needles at approximately 80 events and pop-ups throughout the city. The group has also assisted 50 individuals with alternative housing arrangements and connected countless others to much needed servicesContinue reading “We Heart Seattle gets the official 501(c)(3) nod from the IRS”
PRESS RELEASE – August 23, 2021 We Heart Seattle gathered with community members on Saturday, Aug 21st to celebrate the reactivation of MacLean Park and the greenbelt trails located on the east side of Queen Anne. Over the last eight weeks, volunteers have worked tirelessly to clear more than 50,000 pounds of trash, needles and bulky debris from abandoned encampments and illegal dumping in this area. Their work was complicatedContinue reading “We Heart Seattle helps community reactivate historic park and greenbelt”
PRESS RELEASE – August 2, 2021 We Heart Seattle hosted another weekend clean-up on Sunday at the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt trail. More than 40 volunteers continued the painstaking work of reclaiming this once lush area from years of illegal dumping and neglect. Clocking in 1,000+ labor hours to date at this site alone, We Heart Seattle collected an additional 6,800 pounds of trash (bringing the total at this siteContinue reading “We Heart Seattle’s boots-on-the-ground approach makes a difference, day by day, needle by needle”
We Heart Seattle was back at work this weekend clearing thousands more pounds of trash and needles from the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt trail. Over the past few weeks, this all-volunteer group has cleared more than 35,000 pounds of trash from this site alone, a fraction of which you can see here. We Heart Seattle is actively seeking help from City stakeholders to support citizen-led clean-up efforts and is poweredContinue reading “We Heart Seattle keeps showing up, looking to make a difference in our public spaces”
PRESS RELEASE – July 19, 2021 We Heart Seattle, a volunteer grassroots organization dedicated to making Seattle beautiful and safe for all, was back in action this weekend. Starting at the historic MacLean Park trailhead, some 30 volunteers fanned out down the NE Queen Anne Greenbelt trail all the way to Aurora Ave N. This latest effort comes after numerous clean-ups in recent weeks, bringing the total debris removed fromContinue reading “We Heart Seattle continues massive clean-up of historic greenbelt in NE Queen Anne”
As a City, we need to greatly increase the efficacy of our response to unsheltered homelessness by focusing resources on behavioral health services and emergency and permanent housing. This includes addressing and considering the individual needs of each unsheltered person. By focusing resources in these areas, we can better support individuals and address the conflicts that can arise with encampments and other uses of public space. The City has declaredContinue reading “New Seattle Coalition Offers Hope for People, Parks, and Public Spaces”
Share the petition and help us reach the 20,000 supporter milestone! As our petition has quickly gained over 9,000 supporters, community leaders have stepped up with proposals to meaningfully address the humanitarian crisis that has been unfolding in Seattle for years. Councilmember Lewis proposes building 800 new tiny homes in 2021 Seattle City Councilmember Andrew Lewis, who chairs the city’s homelessness committee, has developed a bold new proposal to quicklyContinue reading “These new proposals and plans need community support to become reality”
For decades, Seattle had a reputation for being one of the most caring, beautiful and clean cities in the world. Today there are no words to adequately describe what Seattle has become. Even the photographs below cannot come close to capturing the scale of the crisis that continues to unfold here. There are now thousands of people living in parks, under bridges, in greenbelts, on sidewalks and in vehicles inContinue reading “Five years before the pandemic it was a ‘state of emergency’. Now it is beyond words.”
After years of benign neglect its time to finally treat homelessness as the humanitarian crisis that it truly is
by Kay Smith-Blum I have been an active member of our community since the early ‘80s, raising millions for education and many worthy causes as well as serving as a public official (Seattle School board 2009-13). In my four-plus decades in Seattle, I have never been more disappointed in our city and county leadership. Our neighbors are dying on our streets, suffering from drug addiction and the various substantive issues that surroundContinue reading “After years of benign neglect its time to finally treat homelessness as the humanitarian crisis that it truly is”
Thousands of people are fighting to survive in cold, wet weather in city parks and green spaces at a time when thousands of clean, warm, and hygienic indoor spaces are available in King County. Tragically, many people suffering in unhealthy, unsanitary conditions are dying of neglect. We can and must do better. Related stories: Medical Examiner’s Office-investigated deaths among people living homeless (kingcounty.gov) Homeless deaths continue to rise in King CountyContinue reading “Act now to save lives”
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