Housing the Poor and Homeless

City Inside/Out explores how neighborhoods are responding to the influx of low-income and homeless housing

Tonight, Seattle Channel's City Inside/Out with C.R. Douglas examines what is happening as services and housing for the poor spread out from downtown.

It used to be that Seattle’s homeless found shelter and support almost entirely in downtown facilities. But in recent years, more and more low-income housing and social services have been dispersed in neighborhoods across the city. The reason? The expense of downtown real estate and the sense that the homeless problem is citywide.

This week, City Inside/Out takes up this growing trend and gauges neighborhood reaction. First, we travel to Ballard and look at how one community is struggling with these changes.

Representatives of a business association, property owners and housing and human-services providers give their take on this issue and representing the Ballard community on this issue is Dave Jarrell from the Ballard Preservation Association.

City Inside/Ot will be asking the questions of who is moving into this new housing? Why do some in neighborhoods oppose it so strongly that they are suing? Will non-profits saturate neighborhoods with subsidized housing? Is there common ground between neighborhoods, merchants and housing providers?

Watch it tonight at 7:00 p.m. on the Seattle Channel, Cable 21 or visit www.seattlechannel.org.

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