September 3, 2021

Today’s rejection of our emergency appeal motion means that Seattle voters must change who is in charge if they want a change to the city’s failed approach to addressing the homelessness crisis. While we are deeply disappointed, we will continue to share evidence that our amendment’s approach can make a necessary and noticeable difference for those living unsheltered in our parks and other public spaces.

Our work has elevated this issue — undoubtedly the most consequential one facing Seattleites —  to the forefront of this election for both candidates and voters. We will hold candidates accountable for their position on this crisis and their plans to address it, and urge voters to elect new leaders who will move Seattle forward and not perpetuate the status quo. The evidence speaks for itself: Seattle has continued to increase its spending on homelessness over the last five years, yet the number of people living unsheltered has only increased. We cannot afford further inaction and the City’s continued failed approach to this emergency. Seattle voters, you have the power to make a difference this November in who you elect as Mayor, as City Attorney, and to the City Council.

We can do better!

Join us in our efforts to end the homelessness crisis in Seattle by supporting Charter Amendment 29 , which, if approved by voters in November, will  amend the Seattle City Charter to require the city to take specific, measurable actions that prioritize mental health and substance use disorder treatment support services, combined with housing to provide long-term solutions for those who are experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.

Charter Amendment 29 was written by homeless service providers and neighborhood and business leaders seeking to expand housing options and services for people living unsheltered in public spaces.

Compassion Seattle is an alliance of civic and neighborhood leaders working to address Seattle’s homelessness crisis. We believe we can do better. Now, the voters of Seattle will be able to  address this crisis which has increased dramatically during the pandemic as evidenced by tent encampments in parks, sidewalks, and other public spaces. The Amendment requires creation of 2,000 new housing units within 12 months, plus expansion of  behavioral health supports, including mental health and substance use disorder treatment services we believe are essential.

Read more about Charter Amendment 29 and how you can support it, including voting YES in November.

Thank you for your support to help us take specific, measurable actions to end Seattle’s homelessness crisis.

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About Us

Seattle has reached a tipping point in its homelessness crisis, a humanitarian issue of our time that needs real solutions.

Compassion Seattle is an alliance of diverse civic, neighborhood, and business leaders whose mission is to make an immediate and tangible impact on homelessness, compelling the city through a citizens’ initiative that amends the city charter to require the city to take specific, measurable actions that prioritize mental health and substance use disorder treatment support services, combined with housing to provide long-term solutions for those who are experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.

We envision a city that is compassionate, caring, takes bold action and is held accountable when addressing human services issues.

This includes providing:

  • Treatment and support for substance use disorder
  • Mental health services, including a rapid response team that is available as an alternative to police in some situations
  • Combining services with housing options such as enhanced shelter, tiny houses, hotel rooms, and permanent supportive housing
  • Only after services and housing options are available is the city required to keep public spaces, including parks and sidewalks open and clear of encampments
  • Transparent and frequent public reporting on progress and challenges

Charter Amendment 29 is built on the notion that we can do better!

Get Involved

Independent polling by the Northwest Progressive Institute  shows 61% of Seattle voters would vote YES on Charter Amendment 29

Charter Amendment 29 calls on the City of Seattle to take specific, measurable actions that prioritize behavioral health support, including mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, while providing long-term solutions for those who are experiencing homelessness. This includes developing a dedicated fund in the city treasury for human services programs that provides low-barrier, rapid-access mental health, substance use disorder services, and field engagement to individuals experiencing homelessness in order to transition them to emergency and permanent housing. Enough is enough, we can do better! And we believe the city has the resources to achieve these goals.

Please consider donating to the campaign and voting YES on Charter Amendment 29 in November.

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Your donation directly supports passing Charter Amendment 29 in November 2021 and finally putting an actionable plan in place to end the homelessness crisis in Seattle!

Contact

For general inquiries about Compassion Seattle, please contact info@compassionseattle.org.

For media inquiries, please contact compassion@feareygroup.com.