Seattle PARK(ing) Day: A Conversation on Seattle's Homelessness
Every year on the third Friday of September, the city of Seattle participates in PARK(ing) Day, an annual global placemaking event in which community members lead the temporary transformation of parking spaces into people places. In Seattle, communities are encouraged to use streets as sites for public expression and creative experimentation, as well as for enjoyment and to promote health and wellness.
In recent years, Seattle has seen an unprecedented rise in homelessness alongside a burgeoning affordable housing crisis. As stewards of the built environment - particularly housing - we at Caron wanted to use PARK(ing) Day as an opportunity to speak to these pressing issues in our city.
In partnership with Street Bean Coffee, a non-profit coffee company serving homeless young people through employment and training; and New Horizons Ministries, a relationally-driven non-profit partnering with street youth on their journey toward sustainability; we are developing an engaging and interactive space that invites participants to join us for coffee and conversation around homelessness and housing.