Rhodes of SHARE/WHEEL says the group's willingness to stick with a threat to erect more tent cities in the absence of shelter funding made the difference. "We're willing to stick together rather than lose our shelters," he says.”
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The news comes only a month after affordable housing advocates won a major victory in the “Downtown for All!” campaign, which successfully lobbied for the city to force developers to give $18.94 per square foot built downtown to go towards affordable housing.
In a separate article this week in the Weekly, Dawdy also reported, “It's one of those things chock-full of screwy symbolism that you just cannot let pass: In June, the city's Human Services Department, which administers homeless programs among a slew of other social services, will move from its present down-at-the-heels Alaska Building offices on Second Avenue to the heights of the Seattle Municipal Tower, where city staff will literally oversee homeless programs from the 60th floor—in the glassed-over cap just two stories from the top. That will make Al Poole, HSD's director of survival services, the highest-situated government official in the city — hell, the entire state. Above Poole's perch are two investment firms. His boss, Patricia McInturff, will be two floors below him. Judging from the staggering views of Mount Rainier and the Olympics up there, the survival services staff ought to survive quite well — and perhaps think of themselves on a Mount Olympus from which they can toss thunderbolts at those who fail to get on board the 10-year plan to end homelessness.”