Tackling homelessness: GeekWire virtual event will examine the ongoing crisis

A homeless encampment in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. (GeekWire Photo / John Cook)

More than five years after Seattle issued a proclamation declaring a civil emergency related to homelessness, the crisis still reverberates. Community leaders have yet to solve this complex challenge, one that’s testing Seattle’s soul.

We’ll explore the path forward on the homelessness crisis on June 2 at noon in our latest Civic Conversations event, presented by Microsoft. Registration is free, but space is limited so make sure to sign up here.

Key topics of discussion will include the new Compassion Seattle effort, a plan to require the city to keep parks, playgrounds, sports fields and public spaces clear of encampments once mandated housing, drug, and mental health services are in place. We’ll also discuss the state of downtown Seattle as companies consider a return to the office. We hope you’ll join us for this important discussion featuring:

Tim Burgess, Former City Council President and Former Interim Mayor of Seattle who helped craft the Compassion Seattle plan.
Rachel Smith, President and CEO at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Kieran Snyder, Co-founder and CEO at Textio, and 2021 GeekWire Award winner for CEO of the Year.

This is 2nd in the series of Civic Conversations, presented by Microsoft. Civic Conversations: Tackling Public Policy Challenges During a COVID Economy, the first panel, featured: Gordon McHenry Jr., CEO of United Way King County; Chris Gregoire, CEO of Challenge Seattle and former Washington state governor; and Kris Hermanns, chief impact officer at Seattle Foundation.

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