Week in Review: Paul Allen Gives $30 Million to Support Homeless Families


Week in Review: Paul Allen Gives $30 Million to Support Homeless Families


Happy Saturday.

Here is a look at what happened this past week—the week of April 23—in our universe.

Paul Allen, City of Seattle Announce Partnership to Support Homeless Families

On Wednesday, Paul Allen pledged $30 million to address the region’s homelessness crisis through an innovative, permanent supportive housing and onsite services community that will serve as a resource hub for Seattle-area families with children who are experiencing homelessness.

"Thank you to Paul Allen, his family, and the foundation for making this incredibly generous investment to address this crisis," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said.

Currently, there are over 1,600 families awaiting housing in King County and almost 3,500 homeless children enrolled in Seattle’s public school during the 2015-2016 year.  

Mercy Housing Northwest, one of the nation’s largest non-profit developers of affordable housing operating 48 properties in Washington state, will develop, own, and operate the multi-family complex.

Additional details about the design, location, and the target opening date for the community will be released in the coming months.

Here’s How Hollywood Can Help Tackle Climate Change

In a Variety op-ed, Paul Allen joined Peter Kareiva, director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, to call on Hollywood to make more films about climate change. In the column, Allen and Kareiva share how Hollywood’s best movies like “Blood Diamond,” “Erin Brockovich” and “An Inconvenient Truth” sparked people’s sense of morality, but also empowered them with the belief that they could make a difference.

“As the environmental challenges we face only get harder to address…inspiring more people to action will require many more powerful and truthful stories, creatively told.”

Read entire piece here.

Post of the Week

This week’s social post comes from our live Q&A with world-renowned photographer/filmmaker Shawn Heinrichs. The marine conservationists shared with us how he uses powerful images to inspire people to action.  

Watch the interview here.

Story Spotlight

This week, IndieWire released their annual Summer Preview featuring upcoming Vulcan Productions’ documentary, “Step.” The film was highlighted among their list of films by female filmmakers you can’t miss this summer season saying that  “the rhythmic clapping and stomping hallmarks of step-dancing is the kind of live performance that makes you want to jump out of your seat, it’s such a dynamic form of expression that even on film, the energy is contagious.”

Finally, missed any of the NFL draft? Get caught up here on all our Seahawks picks. 

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