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Pioneer Square with the Columbia Center in the background.Pioneer Square is the self-proclaimed oldest neighborhood in Seattle. It’s been the center of many booms and busts historically, currently enjoying a boom. It boasts high-tech offices, high-end markets and restaurants, while offering the bulk of the city's homeless social services. The Record on KUOW explored its demographics, history and how it has changed in the past 20 years.

Keeping An Eye On The City: Union Gospel Mission's Morning Watch

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There are nearly 2,000 people living completely without shelter in King County, sleeping in doorways or in parks, and because of the high concentration of services in Pioneer Square many of them find themselves sleeping on the streets in this neighborhood.
 
The Union Gospel Mission in Pioneer Square started more than 80 years ago, serving out soup during the Great Depression. It is only one of the locations that the mission has now, and it is only one of a few missions in Pioneer Square. One of the services provided by the Union Gospel mission, in addition to housing, food and addiction services, is a program called Morning Watch. Ross Reynolds talks with the lead intern running the Morning Watch program, Jason Bennett. 

Produced by Arwen Nicks.