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The Seattle Times joins coordinated media effort to flood digital and print platforms with homeless coverage on June 29

For Immediat Release — Jun. 28, 2016
Lindsay Taylor, Consumer Marketing Manager

SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle’s homeless population is escalating rapidly, despite our booming economy. Mayor Ed Murray Murray proclaimed a homelessness emergency in November. In the last year, Murray and the City Council have opened city-sanctioned homeless encampments and safe spaces for people living in vehicles. Recently, Seattle leaders have been studying efforts to reduce homelessness in other cities, including San Francisco and Houston.

Inspired by San Francisco outlets, The Seattle Times has joined a coordinated media project to flood digital and print news platforms with homelessness coverage on June 29. Though The Seattle Times has reported extensively on homelessness and initiated projects such as The Invisible Children to bring attention to the local homelessness crisis, the effort on June 29 aims to mobilize Seattle's collective media presence to spotlight the issue.

Online journal Crosscut is leading the Seattle area effort by enlisting more than a dozen other news organizations - including KING5, Q13, and Seattle Weekly - to contribute to this daylong citywide conversation.

The Seattle Times plans to resurface homelessness content and post on Twitter and Facebook throughout the day. Join the conversation on social media by using #SeaHomeless.

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