Compassion Seattle: Signature Drive Has Kicked Off

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 05/28/2021

33,060 Voter Signatures Needed

In April, the Seattle Metro Chamber voted unanimously to officially endorse Charter Amendment Measure 29, also known as Compassion Seattle, targeted for the November general election ballot. There is no question that addressing homelessness is a critical element of rebuilding our region, and rebuilding in an inclusive way – along with other key issues such as proactive support of equitable economic recovery, housing affordability, transit, and public safety. 

Compassion Seattle  seeks to take a nuanced, more complete, and most importantly, people-centered approach to helping people experiencing chronic homelessness come inside. We must have an approach that effectively addresses racial disparities and behavioral health needs, rapidly provides for more housing, and appropriately weights public health and public safety. This measure also highlights the importance of accountability and regional alignment.  

Now, it's time to collect signatures from Seattle voters to get the measure on the ballot. The campaign needs to submit 33,060 valid signatures to the city by June 25.

  1. Visit the Compassion Seattle’s Office. Located at 616 Olive Way (between 6th and 7th avenues) in downtown Seattle, petitions may be signed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  2. Download the Petition. Supporters can download the petition form directly from Compassion Seattle’s website, obtain signatures of friends and family and return it by mail to Compassion Seattle P.O. Box 21961, Seattle, WA 98111, or drop it by the Compassion Seattle office. The petition must be printed double-sided in black ink.

  3. Locate Citywide Signature Collectors. Signature collectors will be available throughout the city in various public spaces, including parks, farmers markets and outside of retail stores. Signature collectors will be clearly marked with a Compassion Seattle badge and will follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols. These locations will change on an ongoing basis, and supporters can find updated information on Compassion Seattle’s social media pages, including FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.
Once enough signatures are collected, they will be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk for validation.