Exploring the intersection of public space and homelessness


Episode 19: John Wilson


When I began this project, I wanted to speak with as many people as possible , from as many as many perspectives as possible, about the overlap of homelessness and public space. I assumed I would speak to City Council members, representatives from non-profit organizations and people who had experienced homelessness, but I’m not sure that I ever thought that I’d be speaking with an Assesssor. Then I met John Wilson. With a career in public service, John has thought about how the housing affordability crisis has led to an increase in homelessness. When he was elected to his position in King County, WA, John decided he could help change the conversation about the role that public lands could play in solving homelessness. To learn more, I recently sat down with John to learn more about what he’s doing.