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The Hidden Crisis in the Woods

For months now, Jonathan Choe has been tracking and looking into multiple homeless encampments across Seattle and King County. Another segment of the homeless community are creating a crisis in the woods, preferring to stay hidden in these lush havens. Read More ›
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Republicans Could Lead on Mental Health Treatment

Tucked away in the gun law President Biden just signed is a provision increasing funding for preventive outpatient treatment for mental illness. This is an important step toward solving America’s mental-health crisis but only part of what’s needed. Read More ›
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RV Recriminations in Seattle

Surveillance video released exclusively by Discovery Institute’s Fix Homelessness team shows a rust-colored car with black panels pull up to the corner of Orcas Street and 7th Avenue in Georgetown. Read More ›
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Homeless in San Francisco sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Do Homeless Lives Matter? Nine Fatal Minutes, Two Years Later

Today’s police are trained not to take chances, said one retired SFPD who was on the force for 30 years: “Officers are now primarily reactive; there is very little of the self-initiated activity that was once common, appropriate and encouraged. They have become risk-averse, disinclined to go hands-on with suspects. This is a factor in the bigger picture of what is going on in American policing.” Read More ›
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Man standing on street is collecting money for charity and holds jar with coins.
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Learning From History

In helping the homeless we should be both generous and discerning. If we only provide material help in a way that enables addiction and overlooks mental illness, our generosity may be selfishness that gives ourselves a warm glow but hurts others. Read More ›
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What Does Real Compassion for the Homeless Look Like?

Discovery Institute’s Fix Homelessness initiative offers a path forward for policymakers, the public, and those who recognize that the failed policies of the past are doomed to fail in the future. Here we focus on the true causes of the crisis. And, importantly, we focus on the inherent dignity of those suffering while offering solutions that help them realize their full potential as human beings. Read More ›
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California’s Epic Homeless Nightmare

What’s the matter with California? “It’s suffering from San Fransickness,” which is “pathological altruism,” answers Michael Shellenberger, author of the book “San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities.” Read More ›
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Generous Donation Gone to Waste on Bad Homelessness Policy

Seattle civic and business leaders have announced a $10 million collaborative effort to tackle the downtown chronic homelessness problem. “It’s the beginning of some good news,” Mayor Bruce Harrell declared when they announced the financial donation. Read More ›

Former Federal Homelessness Czar Joins Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty as a Senior Fellow

Seattle – Robert Marbut, a renowned expert on homelessness, has been named to Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty as a senior fellow. “The Center on Wealth & Poverty has been a national leader in shining a hot spotlight on the flawed federal homelessness polices.” Said Marbut. “Sadly, these policies have created a homelessness crisis in the United States that has become a national disaster, with far reaching negative effects on both individuals experiencing homelessness and local communities.” A major project of the Center on Wealth & Poverty is the Fixhomelessness.org website which focuses on and reports about the root causes of homelessness and recommends public policies that address those causes, not just surface needs. The project exposes the Read More ›