The members of David Bloom’s B.A. class on homelessness at Antioch University-Seattle presented their solutions to homelessness to four members of the Seattle City Council in a mock public hearing on Thursday, March 10. Council members Nick Licata, Bruce Harrell, Sally Clark, and Mike O’Brien attended to receive the students’ testimony. The event was part of the students’ final project assignment.
See a short video of the event.
The students visited Tent City 3 (see photo) and met with several local leaders and homelessness activists throughout the winter quarter course as they have deepened their understanding of the issue. The hearing gave them an opportunity to translate what they learned into effective public policy proposals.
David Bloom has been an activist on low-income housing and homelessness issues in Seattle for 30 years. He served as associate director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle from 1978 to 1997, where he provided leadership on public policy issues, community organizing, civic education and human services. He is a founder of several local organizations that provide shelter, build housing and organize for social change. In 2001, Bloom founded the Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness that organizes the local religious community’s response to homelessness. He also founded and directed the Rauschenbusch Center for Spirit and Action. Bloom is an ordained Protestant minister. Bloom teaches in the human services and spiritual studies areas of concentration.
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