This week, National Public Radio (NPR) has been covering homelessness in Seattle. This affluent, idyllic city has raised to fourth on the list of cities in the nation with the highest rates of homelessness. Seattle follows New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas as the city with the greatest number of people experiencing homelessness. Unlike other cities in America (even the “big three” of NY, LA, and LV) where homelessness is decreasing (albeit slowly) due to increased policy efforts targeted at veteran and family homelessness, Seattle has seen an increase in homeless residents in the past decade. Seattle’s 211 line (the emergency line for homeless residents in crisis) is flooded with calls and the waiting lists for shelters and affordable housing units are years long.