August 27, 2014
Vol: 21 No: 35

Community & Editorial

Where do homeless people come from?

Letter to the editor from Maria Abdía / Seattle

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Regarding the high number of homeless persons here, I have spoken to quite a few on-the-street dwellers recently and been told they often come from other cities because those cities do not have and/or don’t make any effort to have services and programs to assist the homeless, and that they had heard that Seattle does have such programs and services.

I don’t know what portion of our local homeless are here from out of town, but it may be more than we tend to be aware of.

Thanks for a very useful and informative publication.

Maria Abdía |  Seattle

Editor’s response: For a more detailed look at the origins of the homeless population in Seattle, please see an article in the Aug. 13, 2013 issue of Real Change, “Busting the Myth of ‘Freeattle’” available on our website



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