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Last year’s most important Capitol Hill story? 8,600 homeless in Seattle

To end 2018, CHS pored through its year of Capitol Hill news coverage to look at the stories that made the biggest impact in and around the neighborhood. CHS Year in Review 2018 | Capitol Hill’s 23 most important stories is here. As part of the tally, we asked readers to vote on which stories they felt were the most important. As we jump fully into a new year of reporting — CHS’s 13th year of coverage — here are the results.

  1. May 31, 20182018 count shows 8,600 people homeless in Seattle
  2. June 12, 2018Good news, Amazon, Seattle won’t be taxing you after all
  3. June 20, 2018: With a snip of a ribbon, two years of construction starts on Capitol Hill Station development
  4. August 2, 2018Sexual misconduct and rape accusations force Meinert to sell stake in Lost Lake and the Comet
  5. June 30, 2018Eyewitnesses: Capitol Hill’s mystery soda machine has disappeared

You can check out the full 2018 review here and see the most read and most commented stories here.

 

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top_of_the_hiller
2 years ago

Suggestion: please update article title to “…8,600 Homeless…”

8,600 hundred = 860,000. Our homeless problem is pretty serious though that would be REALLY bad!

(sorry to be persnickety… thank you for the awesome reporting as always!)

jseattle
Admin
2 years ago

sorry for the slip up

Lies lies and Stats
Lies lies and Stats
2 years ago

Remarkable story given that 8600 people is for all of King County, not Seattle, and includes people in housing.

Apparently you can be homed and homeless at the same time.

And this given the dodgy methodology of the count, conducted by activists with a vested interest in high numbers, which includes the brilliant idea that any tent they see should be counted for two persons, even without knowing.

jseattle
Admin
2 years ago

The 8,600 count is the Seattle total. 12,112 for King County. Thanks for reading, Lies.

Fairly Obvious
Fairly Obvious
2 years ago

Apparently you can be homed and homeless at the same time.

Um, you can certainly be homeless while in housing. I would say that homelessness is when you do not have guaranteed shelter to go to every night.

I’ve had friends that crashed on my couch that I would absolutely consider homeless at the time.

And this given the dodgy methodology of the count, conducted by activists with a vested interest in high numbers, which includes the brilliant idea that any tent they see should be counted for two persons, even without knowing.

So these poorly paid and sometimes volunteering people who do homeless counts are padding their numbers…why?

Also, I know you probably don’t go out in the scary world often, but a lot of the tents I see have two people living in them. Sometimes three and sometimes one. I would argue that assuming two per tent is valid so they aren’t knocking on people’s tents in the middle of the night.

I’d give your attempt at trolling a 4/10: “Needs Improvement”.