Raj Kumar took a chance by renting an apartment to Alena Rogers, a formerly homeless single mother. In their StoryCorps "Finding Our Way" conversation, which airs on KUOW today, Alena tells Raj how having a stable home changed her life. They came together through the Landlord Liaison Project, which provides support for landlords who look beyond standard tenant screening criteria.
Since 1984, King County has been the fifth-largest recipient of refugees in the U.S. Many refugees are at risk of homelessness, suffer from loneliness and depression, and face instability. Despite this uphill battle, many refugees, like a remarkable young man whose story is featured on KUOW today, find community support and achieve their dreams.
This is a first for Firesteel. It's a goodbye post. After four amazing years with the YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish and Firesteel, today is Erin Murphy's last day.
Social media is in a unique position to advocate for ending homelessness in the information age, and many organizations have begun to use this opportunity. But there’s a right and wrong way to do it. Paige McAdam from the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness thinks the Mean Tweets video produced by the Canadian organization Raise the Roof is the wrong way. She explains why, and also points to work by Facing Homelessness and other organizations that are advocating effectively in partnership with people who are experiencing homelessness.
In the newest StoryCorps "Finding Our Way" story to hit the KUOW airwaves, a Seattle mom talks about her experiences with domestic violence and homelessness. Our advocacy coordinator invited YWCA advocates who help survivors of domestic violence to listen to the story and share their reflections. Their insights -- like the fact that there are more shelters for dogs than for women in Washington -- may surprise you.