We can do better!

Join us in our efforts to end the homelessness crisis in Seattle by signing our petition that amends 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.

We are an alliance of civic and community leaders working to address Seattle’s homelessness crisis. We believe we can do better and have activated a citizens’ initiative to direct the city to address this crisis which has increased dramatically during the pandemic as evidenced by tent encampments in parks and on our sidewalks. In addition to increases in and access to housing, we fundamentally believe that behavioral health support, including mental health and substance use disorder treatment services are essential.

Read more about our Charter amendment, how you can support, and be sure to sign the petition.

Sign our petition 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 and community 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
  • And 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

Our city charter amendment is built on the notion that we can do better!

Get Involved

74% of Seattle voters polled support this amendment’s approach and focus on evidence-based treatment interventions.

Filed on Thursday, April 15, 2021, Compassion Seattle’s Charter amendment 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.

Sign our petition to help us take specific, measurable actions to end Seattle’s homelessness crisis.

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Your donation directly supports Compassion Seattle’s campaign efforts to get this Charter amendment on the ballot in November 2021 and finally put 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.