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Council News Release

11/14/2005  3:26:00 PM
Stephanie Pure, (206) 684-8804

Council Resolution honors Seattle’s homeless who have died on the streets

SEATTLE –Today, a Resolution, recognizing the dignity of Seattle area people who have died while homeless, was passed unanimously by the Seattle City Council. The resolution, sponsored by Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck and co-sponsored by the entire City Council, is in conjunction with a recent Design Challenge by AIA Seattle (American Institute of Architects), which received designs submitted for a "Place of Remembrance."

“The death toll among the homeless here has reached an all time high,” said Councilmember Steinbrueck. “We all need to honor those who have passed and to be reminded of their dignity.”

Seattle’s Women in Black, a group that is part of an international network of women who stand in silent vigil calling for peace, justice and non-violent solutions to conflict, has been standing in vigil at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle for over three years honoring the homeless. Their supporters, Seattle religious leaders and members of the design profession, have been working together to establish a homeless “Place of Remembrance” since 2003.

“Eighty-two homeless people died on our streets last year,” said Councilmember Rasmussen, “and the number is growing. No one should be forgotten. This project will give a dignified place where everyone will be reminded of the plight of our homeless men and women.”

Seattle’s American Institute of Architects Honor Awards Committee issued an invitation to all Washington design professionals to take part in the 2005 Design Challenge, which sought ideas for "A Place of Remembrance" to memorialize those who die homeless within our communities. The submitted designs are available for viewing by visiting the website. The design titled "Footprints" won the challenge. All entries will be on display in the City Hall lobby beginning on November 15th.


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