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Seattle Foundation joins We Are In

A step forward to reducing homelessness


January 23, 2020

Seattle Foundation has signed on to the We Are In campaign, a diverse coalition of partners who support regional, common-sense solutions to ending homelessness in King County. Partners are guided by the belief that housing is a basic human right and our communities are stronger when all people have a safe place to call home. We agree that the Pacific Northwest is known for its innovation, diversity, and prosperity, but we have yet to fully line up our assets towards our disparities in the region.

It’s time to demonstrate cross-sector leadership on one of the most important challenges we face: homelessness.

Seattle Foundation proudly joins a long list of King County partners who are tackling our regions homeless crisis. We Are In is an education and awareness project of Campion Advocacy Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Raikes Foundation, and Ballmer Group, with support by Microsoft Philanthropies, Vulcan, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of King County.

“This is a critical, coordinated approach to address the twin issues of housing affordability and homelessness. Seattle Foundation is honored to be a part of this cross-sector partnership, marking a new era in addressing a crisis that threatens the vibrancy of our region,” shared Kris Hermanns, Seattle Foundation’s Chief Impact Officer.

Last month, leaders in Seattle and King County came together to create the King County Regional Homelessness Authority, an innovative and critical first step to reducing homelessness in our communities. We thank them for their leadership in establishing the Regional Authority, and recognize there is still more work to do. We know it will require much more effective collaboration to tackle this crisis. We Are In represents another step towards our vision of a thriving region of shared prosperity and belonging, and we are proud to join this coalition. 

Click here to see the full message that ran in The Seattle Times.

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