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November 7, 2017

Homeless crisis rocks West Coast cities

  • Since 2015, at least 10 cities or municipal regions in California, Oregon and Washington have declared emergencies due to the rise of homelessness.
  • By GILLIAN FLACCUS and GEOFF MULVIHILL
    Associated Press

    Housing prices are soaring in Seattle thanks to the tech industry, but the boom comes with a consequence: A surge in homelessness marked by 400 unauthorized tent camps in parks, under bridges, on freeway medians and along busy sidewalks. The liberal city is trying to figure out what to do.

    “I've got economically zero unemployment in my city, and I've got thousands of homeless people that actually are working and just can't afford housing,” said Seattle City Councilman Mike O'Brien. “There's nowhere for these folks to move to.”


     
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