Seattle Growth Podcast 5.8: homelessness and community in action

Everyone faces challenges of varying degrees of scale. Homelessness in Seattle can seem a challenge of insurmountable scale. But there are ways to get involved and make a difference.

Episode 8 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, season 5, explores the efforts of two Seattleites who are thinking creatively about how to address the problems of homelessness in small and large ways, applying their own particular skill sets to make a difference.

Retired construction contractor Dale Hoff created the campaign “Building Dreams” which has engaged industry friends, neighbors and church communities to build a dozen tiny homes for the homeless in 2018. Hoff offers lessons for those seeking to make a positive contribution toward alleviating the crisis—and to those who seek to influence change at any level.

Craig Kinzer, founder of the commercial real estate brokerage Kinzer Partners and key advisor to some of Seattle’s most powerful companies and individuals, previews a big idea that he thinks could fundamentally transform the way that housing gets built for average-income workers in Seattle. Kinzer also touches upon the controversial public subsidy for Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.

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Dale Hoff
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The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, a professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.