News and Events

Homeless One Night Count Results
Numbers have increased slightly since last year in the One Night Count.
Homeless One Night Count
Program to help homeless living in cars off to slow, steady start
In the year since Seattle launched the Safe Parking pilot project for homeless people living in their cars, just two churches have opened their parking lots, providing a total of seven spaces. But the city is expanding the project and hopes to provide more services.
Program to Help Homeless Living in Cars
Food banks are being flooded by requests for help, and as they struggle to meet the growing need,  their task is made harder by the election.  In election years, donations to food banks are down because people are giving to political campaigns.  We have yet to see this at FamilyWorks,  and we hope we never do.
Food Bank Vereran: Politics Takes Away Donations
America is losing up to 40% of its food somewhere between the farm and the land fill.  The Natural Resources Defense Council published this article identifying these losses and ways to work toward a more efficient food supply system.
Food Is Simply Too Good To Waste
Tom Skillern of The Lookout writes about how America is seeing drastic increases in the number of families seeking help from food banks:  many of them for the first time.   Follow the link to read some stories of families across America,  very much like the stories we hear at FamilyWorks.
Going Hungry in America: “Distressing, Humbling and Scary
It is hard to believe that there is a hunger problem in America when the same population that is hungry is also often excessively over weight.
The Hunger-Obesity Paradox
How Hard is Poverty Hitting Your County? Look at a map and read an article from Slate.com
View The Map And Article
Washington’s Asset & Opportunity Score Card - CFED recently released its 2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard today, ranking Washington 16th in the country for our residents’ financial security in five different issue areas. Most significantly, we have over 30% of our residents who are “liquid asset poor”, which means they do not have enough money to cover expenses for three months in case of a sudden loss of income. Check out the Scorecard and read more about how Washington state is doing compared to the rest of the country, and why our work in helping people build assets is so crucial!
Check out the Scorecard

Snow comes and goes, but this poor issue lingers. Poverty hampers kids’ educations much the way snow hampers transportation. But snow melts. Poverty is much more permanent.

Seattle Times staff columnist Jerry Lewis discusses and illuminates the devastating effects of long term poverty on children.
The Lingering Effects of Poverty on Children

What does it mean to be poor?

If it means living at or below the poverty line, then 15 percent of Americans — some 46 million people — qualify. But if it means living with a decent income and hardly any savings — so that one piece of bad luck, one major financial blow, could land you in serious, lasting trouble — then it’s a much larger number. In fact, it’s almost half the country.

In this article from the Huffington Post, Alexander Eichler, talks about what it means to be poor in America.
Half of Americans Are One Crisis Away from Poverty

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