Thursday 2nd Nov 2017
5:30 – 7pm
at AIA Seattle
1010 Western Ave Seattle, WA 98104
Put on by AIA Seattle
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Please join us for a panel discussion focused on humanizing homelessness – putting individual faces and stories to a concept from which we often distance ourselves.

We will review policy solutions currently underway in Seattle and talk about what we can do beyond policy to alleviate homelessness in our city. For example, as designers, we have the unique opportunity to create safe and welcoming spaces for all. Hear from the City of Seattle Human Services Department’s Deputy Director, Jason Johnson, and Facing Homelessness and BLOCK Project co-owner, architect Jennifer LaFreniere, and Dave Willard, Manager of the Downtown Seattle Associations’ Homeless Outreach team as they discuss what has changed in Seattle since the Poppe Report was released 14 months ago and what individuals and groups can do to make a difference.

We aim to empower our members to not only learn about the crisis at hand but also to make a direct impact in their communities. The second half of the event will teach attendees how to interact with individuals who are experiencing homelessness or who may be mentally ill. We will hear from a service provider who works directly with homeless and mentally ill clients and discuss ways to humanize those we see on the street. Finally, we will hand out and stuff backpacks with supplies to distribute to individuals we encounter who are experiencing homelessness. We will provide the supplies, you may either bring your own backpack or take one of ours for a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds will go to Facing Homelessness’ BLOCK Project. Participants are encouraged to make a direct connection with someone experiencing homelessness as they deliver the backpack(s).

5:30-6:10 pm | panelists presentations and brief Q&A
6:10-6:25 pm | interaction discussion
6:25-6:30 pm | Backpack explanation
6:30-7:00 pm | Bag assembly/ hand out