Current WHEEL Projects

Women in Black silent witnessing vigils are held whenever a homeless person dies outside in King County. After notification of a death, we stand the following Wednesday, from noon to 1 PM outside the Seattle Justice Center (at 5th and Cherry Streets). In 2018, at least 118 people died outside or by violence—a heartbreaking all-time record! We’ve stood for more than 950 people since we started these vigils in the year 2000. To get on our email notification list for vigils, please write wheelorg@yahoo.com

Homeless Remembrance Project, public places to honor and remember people who experienced homelessness who died in Seattle. We’ve worked with church and community leaders since 2003, and established a “Tree of Life” sculpture and celebratory gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park near Pike Place Market in 2012. Our Committee has also placed hundreds of “Leaves of Remembrance,” with names, in sidewalks all over Seattle. For more information about this project, please visit FallenLeaves.org or our Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Homeless-Remembrance-Project/184372257014

Tent City3 is a self-managed camp of up to 100 homeless women, men, and couples, which rotates among churches/spaces mainly in Seattle which we co-sponsor with SHARE.

Tent City4 is a 100-person self-managed camp in suburban Seattle, mainly the Eastside which we co-sponsor with SHARE.

Shelter for Women: For the past several years there has been a severe lack of shelter for homeless women. Our current projects and campaigns include: facilitation and staffing of our own large, low-barrier WHEEL Shelter for Women, which is open year-round, 8 PM to 6:30 or 7:30 AM at Trinity Episcopal Parish (609 8th Ave.). This shelter started in the year 2000 as a Severe Weather Shelter; our advocacy made it year-round and permanent! We also often are Organizing for Provision of More Shelter for Women.

The Women’s Empowerment Center is a self-managed day organizing, arts and education center for women, currently on hiatus.

The Dorothy Day Group works for more housing, food, dignity, power and community among homeless women. We sponsored two projects in the past: Sandwichmaking and distributing sandwiches at local parks, and producing and distributing our own newsletter, The Occasional Times. This group now does special projects only, but may be reborn soon!

Beloved Community: The Sisterhood of Homeless Women in Poetry is a beautifully-bound anthology of poetry by homeless and formerly homeless women collected by WHEEL over many years, published by Whit Press in 2007.