On May 18, we laid out 3,123 pairs of shoes in Westlake Park. Our goal was to make the numbers of unsheltered homeless people visible, and we also wanted to get people to sign our Change.org petition that asks county and city leaders to lower the 2015 unsheltered count by 1,000 persons.
In the center of the display were 180 kids’ shoes. Last year, this many of the 6,188 homeless kids enrolled in King County school districts were listed as “unsheltered.”
Looking at all those little shoes, one could not help but feel just how wrong that really is.