A number of Ballard’s bars and restaurants will be donating proceeds on Wednesday, August 8 to raise money to alleviate homelessness.
Seattle natives Pearl Jam started The Home Shows Initiative in response to the sharp increase of homelessness in the city over the past few decades. Ballard is one of the neighborhoods with the highest rates of homelessness, with the number of homeless having quadrupled in the last year alone.
The following local establishments will be donating 10 percent of sales on Wednesday:
Ballard Pizza Company (5107 Ballard Ave NW), Barnacle Bar (4743 Ballard Ave NW), Bastille (5307 Ballard Ave NW), Bramling Cross (5205 Ballard Ave NW), King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW), Marine Hardware (4741 Ballard Ave NW), Staple & Fancy (4739 Ballard Ave NW), Stoneburner (5214 Ballard Ave NW), The Hi-Life (5425 Russell Ave NW), Tin Hat (512 NW 65th St.), Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW), and Walrus & Carpenter (4743 Ballard Ave NW).
From Pearl Jam:
Most of us grew up here. Over the past 28 years, the City of Seattle’s population has grown by 40%. The region’s homelessness population is now the third largest in the country, with over 12,000 people living without shelter on any one night. This is not a number to be proud of.
There are 140 participating bars and restaurants – here’s the full list. The initiative is the brainchild of co-owner and CEO of Ethan Stowell Restaurants Angela Stowell, who also serves as a board member of United Way of King County, and recently-named CEO of FareStart.