I’m going to be taking a short break from The C Is for Crank to visit with family over the Thanksgiving holiday and, in early December, to travel down to San Francisco to tour that city’s Navigation Center—a low-barrier shelter for the homeless that will serve as the model for Seattle’s own Navigation Center, to be built and run by the Downtown Emergency Service Center.
In the coming year, I’m going to be dedicating more of my time to The C Is for Crank and other writing projects, which means, among other things, that I’ll be going part-time at my regular day job to dedicate more time to reporting and writing here. To do that, though, I need your help. Your sustaining monthly contributions are the way I pay for this work—this site has no advertising, grant funding, or major investors, so your contributions are what pay for my time, travel costs when I take reporting trips to places like San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C., equipment (like a small digital camera and the Macbook I’m writing these words on now), and the many other expenses that go into producing stories on this site. Stories like these:
A Conservative and a Liberal Walk Into a Safe-Injection Site (and its followup companion, Safe Injection Opponent Miloscia: “My Opinion Didn’t Change At All” On Safe Consumption Sites), in which I visited a heroin clinic, a safe-injection site, and a no-eviction housing project in Vancouver, B.C. with the legislature’s most outspoken opponent of safe drug consumption sites.
Grand Bargain Preserved, with New Barriers to Development in “At Risk” Neighborhoods, a behind-the-scenes look at the sometimes-frantic efforts to save the mayor’s housing affordability plan and the compromise that puts development in areas where people want to live at risk.
With Transitional Housing Under Fire, Rapid Rehousing Remains Unproven, a deep dive into the potential pitfalls of Mayor Murray’s proposal to redirect spending on homelessness toward short-term vouchers for housing on the private market. In this piece, I talk to proponents and opponents of so-called “rapid rehousing,” and explore the ways in which transitional housing, which includes sober “recovery housing” and housing for domestic violence victims, is at risk.
Citing “Competitiveness,” City to Raise New SPU Director’s Pay—Even Though They’ve Already Hired Her, the first and only in-depth story about the city council’s decision to grant the new Seattle Public Utilities Director a raise of up to 67 percent over her predecessor, making her one of the highest-paid employees in the city. The mayor’s office of Finance and Administrative Services claimed they needed to offer the huge pay hike to attract good candidates—even though they had already hired the new director, Mami Hara, at a much lower salary.
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