"The Homeless People in Seattle" Top 5 Page for this destination Seattle Local Custom Tip by joiwatani

Seattle Local Customs: 104 reviews and 116 photos

  Downtown Seattle
by joiwatani

There are many homeless people in Seattle because of migration and immigration. Some come here for jobs. When their seasonal jobs are out in other states, they come to Seattle.

There is a shelter downtown on Third Avenue, close to the King County Courthouse where the homeless people go to sleep at night. There is also the Pioneer Square Clinic, where the homeless people go for their health problems. So, the homeless people tend to stay in downtown Seattle for their daily food, health and shelter comfort.

On Broadway Street, there is another Gospel Mission, where the homeless people get packed lunches and warm dinners. The volunteers distribute cooked and warm meals and during these distribution "times", the homeless people gather and flock here.

There are many problems that come from the homelessness: crimes, drug-trafficking, prostitution, health problems like STD/HIV, etc.

My daughter Rainier volunteers during the Holiday season and feed the homeless people. She was still nine years old when she was doing this. She does this with her friends. Sometimes, she puts a table at the front of grocery stores and ask for can goods. She then gives this to the poor people via the Food Banks.

The rest of the family volunteer for the battered women. During the holidays, we cook turkey and our best food and bring them to the shelter for battered women. We serve the meals over there and we eat with them...This is my way of telling my children how lucky they are. It's an experience for them.

As for me, I volunteer 480 hours sometimes to the protection of abused children. I go to court and be the voice of the children who can't even speak.

Anyway, the worst part for the homeless people here is during the winter time when the shelters can't accomodate the homeless people. When it gets really, really cold, some die.

The city has put some "tent cities" but these create more problems to the neighborhood so they instead put shelters in the city! The homeless people tend to wander around and become a nuisance to the city or suburb residents.

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  • Updated May 8, 2009
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