Compassion | Seattle fights homelessness with ideas that don’t work well
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/28/19, 05:20 pm
Seattle is spending $50 million to build housing for the homeless, but the cash is only a drop in the bucket—and the wrong bucket, at that.
“The homeless problem is more about mental illness and addiction than it is about physical buildings,” said Paul Guppy, vice president of research at the Washington Policy Center in Seattle. “The basic public misperception is this idea that building affordable housing will solve the homeless problem, and that’s just not true.”
Seattle has about 12,000 homeless people.