Ballard businesses to join Pearl Jam’s campaign to fight homelessness

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.

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Ballard Eater
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Ballard Eater

See, now this is a good idea. Combine my love of food with passive charitable donations and I’m OK with it, even if little change comes from it. Because it’s my choice. Raising my property taxes and not achieving any marked results, I’m less cool with. But I could support this all day every day!

Ballard Eater
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Ballard Eater

Actually, I’m surprised No Bones isn’t participating. Aren’t a couple members of PJ full-on vegans? Plus, No Bones is just a good spot for food.

Pearl Slam
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Pearl Slam

I guess this whole “heroin chic” thing went a little too far for some of the fans, huh?

Ballard Eater
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Ballard Eater

I see what you did there…

guesty
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guesty

good intentions i’m sure but the same ‘ol pity, coddling and no expectation of accountability is the same ol same ol

Eirik
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Eirik

I’ll go out and eat tomorrow afternoon in Ballard.
Homelessness is a horrible feeling. To watch our city sprout towers faster than flowers in spring. We as citizens need to step up.

guesty
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guesty

no, the homeless need to step up and move to where they can afford rent or get a job or two and get self sufficient

Peak Seattle Stupidity
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Peak Seattle Stupidity

They’re junkies, Genius. Give them $10k and it will just put them into the morgue faster. Seattle has great, cheap heroin. What are u, 12?

Wendy Allen
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Wendy Allen

wa

Wendy Allen
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Wendy Allen

I think it’s sad that people go out and get drunk to donate money to people who have drug and alcohol problems

Peak Seattle Stupidity
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Peak Seattle Stupidity

It’s sad you try to shame functional taxpayers because bleeding hearts told the entire country we tolerate junkies camping out stealing. Nice cats, Sarah.

doogie
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doogie

“…with over 12,000 people living without shelter on any one night. This is not a number to be proud of.”
I have got to think SOMEONE in the city is proud of our record on homelessness. With all the money and emotion that have been invested in SHARE and LIHI and Nickelsville and city-run camps plus all the passionate defense of our elected officials someone out there has to be feeling satisfied that we have invested wisely.

Scott D.
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Scott D.

This is a giant scheme/scam. Without chaos and their permanent underclass, how would our esteemed leaders deceive us, pit us against each other, then separate us from our wallets, in the name of compassion? The REAL issue here are all the people swallowing their pride and looking the other way and blindly voting “d”. They’re all blinded by Trump hate to notice their city going to S. The ONLY way any accountability will ever hit this area is to elect an “R” , and that isn’t going to happen any time soon.

kmp
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kmp

“vote R and that isn’t going to happen soon”….. and I say Thank god!

Spaghetti Monster Hobo Invasion
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Spaghetti Monster Hobo Invasion

Democrats love to say “God” and “soul” or “special place in Hell for them” etc which is pretty odd coming from people who bludgeon Believers with all sorts of insults, harassment, and cultural intimidation. Stay in your lane.

You can thank Marx or ND Tyson or whomever it is you pray to, but I think it’s safe to say that after completely abandoning Scripture (breaking all the prohibitions and embracing sin) that any religious references are out. Thank Pickle Rick or Batman or Wonder Woman or whatever.