On the surface, the results of the 2018 snapshot count of homelessness looked promising in one aspect: the number of homeless Native Americans and Alaska Natives in King County was cut in half compared to last year. The Seattle Times’ Project Homeless is funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Campion Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Raikes Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Seattle Mariners, and Starbucks. The Seattle Times maintains editorial control over Project Homeless content. · Find out more about Project Homeless But several area, Native-led organizations are aggressively challenging these numbers, released this week in the Count Us In report, which shows that Native Americans portion of the county’s homeless population fell from 6 to 3 percent. Native-led organizations believe this is a dramatic undercount, based on what officials acknowledge could be imperfections in the count methodology. “We absolutely, 100 percent do not believe that the 3 percent (figure) … is accurate,” said Colleen Echohawk, executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, the city’s largest Native-led homeless services provider. The Seattle Indian Health Board and Urban Indian Health Institute shared her concerns. The point-in-time numbers, said Echohawk, might incorrectly indicate Native American homelessness is no longer… Read full this story
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