The issues surrounding housing have divided the residents of the city of Seattle, Washington, USA. The semantic meaning of the word "homelessness" describes the situation in a general sense but the term "houselessness" may be more accurate and dignified.
There are those that live in houses and there are those who do not. The temporary dwellings that populate greenways in the city are homes, albeit without the structure and security that the rest of the community relies upon.
Politically, the preferred solutions to the issues of houselessness have divided otherwise aligned groups. The issue of clearing encampments from parks is particularly divisive.
The issues are intricate in their dynamics. Veterans are a long-term houseless population that have an established support structure. Economic development has increased the cost of a house and business leadership that engineered the development has drawn the ire of citizens.
The gamut of issues that contribute to the situation, from economics to addiction to mental health to education must be addressed holistically. It’s agonizing to witness, but the alternative is to look away.