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City funds year-round youth shelter at 19th and Madison

61464_172894822849602_1913562182_nThe much needed — but temporary — set of beds inside 19th and Madison homeless youth facility Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets is still needed. And no longer temporary.

Mayor Ed Murray’s office announced Wednesday that PSKS will receive an additional $130,000 needed to operate as a year-long shelter.

Earlier this year, the 19th Ave community center used city funding to add its shelter beds as a temporary cold-weather measure. The shelter admits anyone between the ages of 18-29, and executive director Susan Fox said PSKS strives to make the space as safe as possible for queer youth. PSKS has a queer youth internship program, a transgendered support group, and has LGBTQ staff members.

The new grant will also allow PSKS to add an additional five beds to the facility starting in June.

“In a region like ours where there is such tremendous wealth, it’s heartbreaking that any of our youth experience homelessness,” Murray said in the announcement of the grant. “That’s why it is vital that we provide a warm bed, a pillow, and some relief from the dangers of the street. While permanent, safe housing is the ultimate goal, securing these additional resources will mean a few more young people every night won’t have to sleep on the streets.”

The funding meets a recommendation from a committee on homelessness advising the mayor and will also address some of the needs that have been expressed as solutions for countering hate crime on Capitol Hill including the demand for LGBTQ youth shelter space.

 

 

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STILL NO BLACK OWNED AND CONTROLLED SHELTER IN AFRICATOWN / CD FOR HOMELESS AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH, MOTHERS OR FATHERS (3)
Omari Tahir THIS IS A DISGRACE AND INSULT TO AFRICATOWN’S AFRICAN AMERICAN HOMELESS YOUTH, MOTHERS AND FATHERS. 19th AND MADISON IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM MT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH ONE OF THE LARGEST AND OLDEST AFRI
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Omari Tahir THIS IS A DISGRACE AND INSULT TO AFRICATOWN’S AFRICAN AMERICAN HOMELESS YOUTH, MOTHERS AND FATHERS. 19th AND MADISON IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM MT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH ONE OF THE LARGEST AND OLDEST AFRI
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THIS IS A DISGRACE AND INSULT TO AFRICATOWN’S AFRICAN AMERICAN HOMELESS YOUTH, MOTHERS AND FATHERS. 19th AND MADISON IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM MT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH ONE OF THE LARGEST AND OLDEST AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCHES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (ARYAN NATION) AND IS AN EXCELLENT LOCATION FOR A NO EXISTENT AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH, MOTHERS OR FATHERS HOMELESS SHELTER? THE CITY, COUNTY AND STATE CONTINUE THEIR POLICIES OF “BENIGN NEGLECT / GENTRIFICATION / ETHNIC CLEANSING” AT THEIR OWN PERIL??? POLITICIANS CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN. WHY DO WE ONLY HAVE NEGRO (AFRICAN TRAINED TO DO TRICKS ON WHITE COMMAND LIKE A WELL TRAINED BIRD DOG) POLITICIANS??? WHERE ARE ANY “BLACK INSTITUTIONS” TO ADDRESS THE UNMET AFRICAN AMERICAN PROBLEMS CREATED BY EUROPEAN COLONIAL SETTLER “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” TERRORISM / LYNCHINGS / SLAVERY / JIM CROWISM / SHARE CROPPING / SEGREGATION (APARTHEID) / BENIGN NEGLECT / MASS INCARCERATION / GENOCIDE!!! WHO AND WHAT HOMELESS BLACKS ARE LIVING IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURE CENTER AT THE FORMER COLMAN SCHOOL SITE (THE LONGEST OCCUPATION OF A PUBLIC BUILDING ‘CIVIL DIS-OBEDIENCE IN US HISTORY’)??? IT IS TIME FOR OUR OWN “AFRICATOWN ELECTIONS” SO WE CAN ELECT OUR OWN POLITICIANS TO REPRESENT “BLACK FOLKS” AND THEIR INTERESTS!!!!!!! WE ARE BEING MURDERED ALL OVER AMERICA SO WHAT IS THE ANSWER??? “JUST KEEP MARCHING, WHINING AND “SUFFERING PEACEFULLY” (“REDEMPTIVE SUFFERING” MAKES US A BETTER PEOPLE) WHILE ARE CHILDREN CONTINUE TO DISRESPECT, ROB AND MURDER EACH OTHER OUT OF FRUSTRATION??? THERE ARE FOUR THINGS I REFUSE TO BE NUMBER ONE “SCARED”, NUMBER TWO “IGNORANT”, NUMBER THREE A “QUITTER'” AND NUMBER FOUR A “LOSER”!!!!!!
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[…] Under Fox’s direction, PSKS has moved to its current home in the former Speech Hearing and Deafness Center building near 19th and Madison, a facility 50% larger than the previous. PSKS’s staffing, offered services, and budget have increased dramatically as well. Last winter the city offered to fund a four-month, emergency winter shelter, which has since become a year-round service. […]