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00000181-fa79-da89-a38d-fb7f2b910000KUOW is joining forces with other Seattle media outlets to highlight the homeless crisis in the city and region on Wednesday, June 29, 2017.The effort was modeled after a collaboration by more than 70 San Francisco outlets to focus a day of news attention on the issue and possible solutions.Read more about the Seattle project and check out our coverage below. Follow the city's coverage by using #SeaHomeless.HighlightsThe Jungle: an ongoing coverage project going into the notorious homeless encampment under Interstate 5.Ask Seattle's Homeless Community: KUOW is launching a Facebook group where anyone may ask a question about homelessness, but only people who have experienced it may answer. This was inspired by a recent event KUOW co-presented with Seattle Public Library and Real Change, where residents of the Jungle answered audience questions. No End In Sight: an award-winning investigative project from KUOW about King County's 10-year plan to end homelessness.

Seattle Center Plays Host To 1,400 Homeless Guests

More than 1,400 homeless individuals descended on Seattle Center Tuesday to take part in a one-day resource fair put on by United Way of King County.

The event brought together dozens of service providers and hundreds of volunteers. They gave haircuts, conducted eye exams, passed out free shoes and socks, and dispensed housing, legal and mental health advice, among other things.

According to Vince Matulionis, head of homeless programs for United Way, this might be the only day of the year when the city's homeless people can get their basic needs met.

"The importance of a haircut, getting your picture taken, making a phone call, getting your feet washed — most of us in our daily lives tend to take [these things] for granted. But when you are homeless, rarely do those types of things come easily and quickly to you," Matulionis said.

Volunteers for the event were encouraged to treat the people who arrived as "honored guests."

This is the ninth year United Way has organized the event.

Year started with KUOW: 2005