Educating Voters on Housing and Homelessness

Ballots for the Seattle City Council primary election are due August 6, and housing and homelessness are again the top issues in the race. If you aren't sure what to make of the policy debates, a great place to start is our Housing Voter Forum from earlier this month. We brought in five experts on various aspects of homelessness to walk you through the real issues and policy choices.

Check out the full video here:

Panelists include:

  • Lisa Daugaard, Director, Public Defender Association, talking about alternatives to the formal justice system that advance public safety, racial equity, community health and reconciliation.

  • Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club, talking about equity and racial justice in our response to homelessness.

  • Lauren McGowan, Sr Dir of Ending Homelessness and Poverty, United Way of King Co, talking about funding and coordinating responses to homelessness.

  • Richard Waters, M.D., MSc, Medical Director, Neighborcare Health, talking about delivering effective care to homeless populations.

  • Michael Hobbes, Investigative Reporter, Huffington Post, moderating and putting Seattle's housing crisis in the context of the broader national crisis of homelessness.

Watch, learn and return your ballot by Aug. 6!

This event was produced in partnership with Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness and Resolution to End Homelessness. The forum was non-partisan and none of the organizing groups support or oppose particular candidates.

Ethan P. Goodman