As I explore the contrasting scenes of technological innovation and homelessness in Seattle, I realized the importance of my work at Futurewise and the importance of organizations such as Futurewise. Despite the city’s commercial expansion, it is important for more non-profits such as Futurewise to be created in order to benefit the burgeoning local community. The last seven weeks in Seattle have been extremely meaningful as I was able to gain a greater understanding in working for NGOs and how they are operated. Furthermore, I was able to hear fresh perspectives in regards to the complexity of affordable housing and homelessness. Under the back drop of Puget Sound and the Cascade mountains, Seattle is a vibrant city and I have cherished every moment I spent here. With policies such as the Seattle Housing levy, the city’s capacity for innovation and a large variety of non-profits, I am hopeful that the serious issues of unaffordable housing and homelessness will be ameliorated in the future. As I leave Seattle, I only have one thought: see you again.
By: David Zheng