Spotlight: Chronic Homelessness

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Spotlight: Chronic Homelessness

October 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


There is a homelessness crisis in Seattle. Many people want to do something to help but don’t know where to start.

Join YP Impact and Plymouth Housing for a panel discussion with local experts and leaders as we explore the issue of chronic homeless and address some common questions:

  • Who is living on the streets?
  • What are some of the traumas and obstacles they are facing?
  • Why are some people chronically homeless?
  • What are resources available to the homeless?
  • Who is doing something to address the homeless issue?
  • What are some of the things that prevent people from finding permanent housing?
  • What can we as citizen do to help the homeless population and come up with solutions?
The Panelists:

Andrea Carnes, Deputy Director of Plymouth Housing

Andrea Carnes joined Plymouth in January 2012.  Andrea’s experience includes over 20 years in supportive and affordable housing at Plymouth, the YMCA of Greater Seattle, and Bellwether Housing. Previously, she provided countywide leadership to create housing options for high-risk young adults exiting the foster care system and spoke nationally on best practices for supportive housing for these individuals. In addition, Andrea has served on the board of the South Lake Union Community Council and currently for Downtown Seattle Association’s Metropolitan Improvement District Advisory Board. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BS in sociology.

Elise Chayet, Clinical Instructor of Health Services at Harborview

Elise Chayet is a clinical instructor in the Department of Health Services and director of external and community affairs at Harborview Medical Center, the region’s Level 1 Trauma Center and the largest safety net hospital in Washington state. Prior to joining Harborview in 1995, Chayet was the county division director at Public Health – Seattle & King County. Before moving into public health, Chayet provided advocacy for low-income residents in public entitlement programs and housing at Evergreen Legal Services. From 2011 to 2016, Chayet served on the City of Seattle’s Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee, providing guidance to the city on its implementation of the levy and the Preschool for All program. Chayet earned her MHA at the University of Washington.

Tim Zaricznyj, Executive Director of Providence Supportive Housing

Tim Zaricznyj began his career with Providence working as a resident service coordinator at Providence House in Oakland, California. Since then Tim accepted opportunities for greater responsibility within the organization. In 2007 he was asked to move to Seattle and lead the Providence Supportive Housing ministry. Tim has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and in 2004 received a Doctor of Education degree from the University of San Francisco where he wrote and published a dissertation on home and homelessness: “Righting Home: A Critical Hermeneutic Study of Home, Homelessness and the Spaces In Between.” Tim currently lives and hobby farms on Bainbridge Island, WA.

About Plymouth Housing:

Plymouth Housing works to eliminate homelessness and address its causes by preserving, developing and operating safe, quality, supportive housing and by providing adults experiencing homelessness with opportunities to stabilize and improve their lives.

Plymouth follows the Housing First philosophy, operating on the principle that people cannot improve their lives until they have a safe, stable place to live.


October 30, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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