September 16, 2015
NEW — 5:37 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
Rising rents puts people on the streets
For years, I have been attending the Eastside Homelessness Advisory Committee meetings, listening to funders and providers of services struggle to get our neighbors without homes into housing.
We talk about building more affordable housing, about emergency shelter needs, about the shortage of appropriate services and shelter for those with mental illness, about artificial barriers that keep people out of housing, about ways to help the underemployed and unemployed find jobs, but the number of homeless people is not decreasing. Read more
August 14, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015
In November, about 50 community leaders gathered in the YMCA Village Community Room in the Issaquah Highlands.
Several topics were mentioned but the one most seemed to think is on the rise in the Issaquah area and the Eastside is drug abuse, particularly marijuana and heroin.
Speaking at the November meeting, Mayor Fred Butler referred to the interrelated problems of what he called “DHM,” which stands for “drugs, homelessness and mental illness.” He added he probably has spent more time on those issues than any others.
“It touches on everything,” Butler said. “We are committed to trying to make a difference.” Read more
July 23, 2015
Moving from Issaquah as promised July 11, the homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 has landed in Snoqualmie near Echo Lake and Interstate 90.
“Everything is going well so far,” camp director/spokesman Sam Roberson said.
July 9, 2015
Imagine an Issaquah winter.
It’s cold, rainy and windy, and snow is certainly not out of the question during this dreary time period.
Now, imagine enduring this winter when the place you call home is just a truck.
June 10, 2015
Tim Flood for City Council
I’ve had the opportunity over the last few weeks to talk to Tim Flood about issues in the city and his candidacy for Issaquah City Council. I am interested in the way Tim desires to represent the citizens of Issaquah. He wants to bring balance to development and transportation improvements to protect citizens from further traffic congestion.
June 3, 2015
A dozen KeyBank employees put in a fun afternoon volunteering at Issaquah’s Eastside Baby Corner as part of KeyBank’s 25th Neighbors Make the Difference Day.
Neighbors Make the Difference Day is one of KeyBank’s most visible community projects and one of the largest corporate volunteer projects in America, demonstrating the bank’s commitment to helping communities thrive.
May 5, 2015
Sixth-grader Anna Chisholm had never before volunteered for community service, but she said she enjoyed the time she spent helping homeless residents in Seattle earlier this year.
“I feel so sad for people that don’t have the opportunities that I have,” said Chisholm, who packed and delivered supplies, and prepared breakfast for homeless adults and teens, alongside members of her select basketball team.
April 7, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. April 10, 2015
In “The Road” (1907), Jack London observed, “The hobo never knows what is going to happen the next moment; hence, he lives only in the present moment.”
The life of the hobo may be of the moment, but the fundamental need for shelter has spanned the ages. In the economic depressions of the 1890s and 1930s, there was a surge of homelessness, and hobos like Jack London hitched rides on trains in search of better opportunities.
Railroad towns like Issaquah were brief stopping points, and sometimes destinations.
March 17, 2015
After being turned down for a permit to take their encampment to county-owned property in Issaquah, Tent City 4 set up camp March 14 on state-owned property off Interstate 90’s exit 20.
In a press release dated March 13, a spokesperson for King County said the original site south of Issaquah was not a suitable location for Tent City 4, a camp of about 40 homeless men and women, for several reasons.
January 13, 2015
Growth and development, along with traffic, seemed to be the main topics of the day as the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Preview Luncheon on Jan. 8.
“One thing is clear to me,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler told the gathering of about 150 people at the Holiday Inn of Issaquah. “Our community is evolving… Your government is evolving also.”