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GOTS - Street Outreach
Our "Get Off The Streets" program (GOTS) is the culmination of a project Seattle Neighborhood Group launched in 2004 in the Central Area. In the beginning, a loose collection of service providers and SPD's community police team who came together to do street outreach to people in the area who were homeless, drug and alcohol addicted, and involved in non-violent street crime. In 2006 the GOTS project was funded by City Council, through the leadership of Nick Licata. By 2008, 60 people received services through the GOTS program.
While the focus population remains the same, we have a formal partnership now with POCAAN and SPD, and outreach is geared toward matching program participants with housing and treatment. The goal of the program is to empower participants to make a positive transition from "street life" to having a stable living environment that will support personal recovery efforts, gaining new life skills, and job preparedness.
GOTS is proud of its participants who have graduated, and would like to thank everyone who supports the program!
More about GOTS
In the summer of 2009, the GOTS project was evaluated by a team of researchers from the University of Washington. We are pleased at the thoroughness and outcome of the evaluation. Read a summary of the 2009 GOTS program evaluation. Download the full report on SNG's GOTS program.
If you would like to join in support of the GOTS program, you are welcome to donate either by sending a check to:
Seattle Neighborhood Group
1810 E. Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98122
Or you can donate online using Paypal: