Adrian Anthony moves some of his belongings to another area four blocks away after the encampment where he was living under the I-5 overpass was swept on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle. Anthony estimated that a sweep caused him to move from one area to another around 20 times.
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Adrian Anthony moves some of his belongings to another area four blocks away after the encampment where he was living under the I-5 overpass was swept on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle. Anthony estimated that a sweep caused him to move from one area to another around 20 times.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Why do so many people live in tents and RVs in Seattle?

SoundQs listeners have asked us lots of questions about homelessness. In this episode, we try to answer them.

Usually on SoundQs, we answer one listener question at a time. But we often get several questions from listeners, all asking about the same topic. And recently, we've been getting lots of questions about homelessness in Seattle.

There is a big tension at the core of these questions: How is it that so many people are living in tents and RVs on the street, even as the region gets wealthier and we spend more money to end homelessness?

In part one of our two-part series, Anna Boiko-Weyrauch talks with two reporters focusing on homelessness in the region: Kate Walters from KUOW and Vianna Davila from the Seattle Times.

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