💸 Why it’s so expensive to fix homelessness
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💸 Why it’s so expensive to fix homelessness

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What Seattle is talking about

Six temporary housing units opened in the SoDo area last week, providing a much-needed refuge for people in the indigenous community who are facing homelessness.

Morgan Portable Building Contractors, a Texas-based company, refurbished the units, which were once used by oil workers. They’re part of a larger King County plan for 20 micro-dwelling units that can be moved to different locations. The heated homes are dormitory style, and each one comes with a bedroom, a bathroom, a microwave, and a mini-fridge.

The six SoDo units are part of a community called Eagle Village, a new transitional housing site for Native Americans. King County worked with the Chief Seattle Club to help Eagle Village grow its wings.

“This is the start of a long winter,” Colleen Echohawk, executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, said at an event celebrating the village. “We know that our relatives who are experiencing homelessness are the least likely to go into (a) shelter. We are so concerned for them every single year.”

In other news…

Bill Gates questioned how “open-minded” Sen. Elizabeth Warren is about sitting down with someone like him “who has large amounts of money.” Gates also joked about the possibility of paying “$100 billion” in taxes under Warren’s wealth tax proposal. His comments caught the 2020 presidential candidate’s attention, and the two exchanged tweets agreeing to the possibility of talking more about economic policy. (GeekWire)

How good are you at cutting and pasting? (And no, we’re not talking about Ctrl+X and Ctrl+V.) The fifth-annual Washington State Zine Contest is accepting submissions until Feb. 29, so now’s the time to rifle through your junk drawer for those old magazines. (Washington Center for the Book)

Move over, Seattle dog: the Chung Chun Rice Dog is coming to town. The Korean snack chain specializes in rice-flour “corn dogs,” and it plans to open in the International District by the end of the year. (Eater)

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Seattle has been in a construction boom for several years, but service providers say we still have a long way to go in closing our region's affordability gap.

Following the money

Our region spends roughly $200 million on homelessness each year. But look around and it’s obvious we still have a long way to go in caring for the thousands of Seattleites who sleep on the streets and in emergency shelters each night.

For the second story in our series on chronic homelessness, we’re tackling the question: “What would it cost to build as many housing units as we require to house the people who are homeless in Seattle? Is there any other way to solve the problem?”

Head to our website for some answers, and hit reply to let us know what you think of the series so far.

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Things to do

Our partner events

👭 Today: Join Future For Us at the State of Womxn of Color gathering (Capitol Hill)

🎶 Friday, November 15: Try out a new beer and new music at a SoundCity Social (Westlake)

Around town


🎨 Support local artists at the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show (NE Seattle) —through Sunday

🐙 Say hi to sea creatures at an after-hours aquarium party (Downtown)

🌲 Detox from digital devices at this half-day hike n’ hang (Magnolia)


👠 Hear from POC fashion industry reps at this mix and mingle event (Belltown)

🍫 Treat yourself at the annual Northwest Chocolate Festival (Magnolia) —through Sunday

🕵️ Discover ways to overcome imposter syndrome at this workshop (Capitol Hill)

🍽️ Enjoy a dinner celebrating indigenous foods of the Americas (Magnolia)


⚽ Watch the Sounders win another MLS cup (West Seattle)

👯 Strap on the skates for this free community roller derby event (NE Seattle)

✍️ Draft a novel — or part of one — at this community write-in (Fremont)

📽️ Catch a flick with a local cider in hand (Capitol Hill)


📸 Learn the ins and outs of photography at this class (South Lake Union)

🍺 Drink some drafts and do some crafts with neighbors (Hillman City)

🧠 Grab some friends for trivia night (Capitol Hill)


☮️ Slow down for an evening of exploring spiritual traditions (Bellevue)

🎻 Discover the history and influence of Northwest folk music (First Hill)

🍸 Stir up a seasonal cocktail at The Evergrey’s Crafting Libations class (Ballard)


💚 Take part in The Evergrey’s hilarious live dating show (South Lake Union)

🤣 Break out your best puns for Pundamonium (Ballard)

💼 Adopt an abundance mindset at this business-building workshop (Central District)

🍝 Learn to make fresh pasta from a local Italian favorite (Capitol Hill)

☕ Sip with your pinky out at this cozy tea-focused gathering (Belltown)


🖼️ Support local at a monthly art walk (Capitol Hill)

🌲 Address inequities in green movements at this symposium (Waterfront)

🎙️ Throw it back at a '90s singalong night (Central District)

😅 Express yourself at this dance fitness class (Rainier Beach)

🍺 Come get a free beer and meet new people at Seattle Dating App's happy hour at Floating Bridge Brewing from 7-9 pm. Get Your FREE Ticket Here! (Sponsored)

That’s all for this week

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