Media Coverage


Meth: The other drug on the streets, and how it’s becoming more dangerous – by Heather Bosch, KIRO Newsradio Anchor, November 19, 2023

How Cities Become Degraded | Post Alley by Anthony Robinson, October 6, 2023

BAILING OUT GOVERNMENT AGAIN: WE HEART CLEANS WA STATE HIGHWAYS #seattle – YouTube by Jonathon Choe, Discovery Institute, October 2, 2023 

Tim Emerson of We Heart Seattle hugs a woman who was living unsheltered. We Heart Seattle cleaned her subsidized apartment that was unlivable because of excess clutter. The organization also helped her access opioid treatment. (Andrea Suarez)

Where we’re at: Far apart on Seattle’s drug crisis | The Seattle Times – by Alex Fryer, Seattle Times Opinion columnist, September 22, 2023

Patrick Burnite was a homeless drug addict on the streets of Seattle. With the help of Andrea Suarez of We Heart Seattle, Patrick is housed and working as a resource navigator for Bybee Lakes Hope Center in Portland. Andrea Suarez is the founder and Executive Director of We Heart Seattle, which has transitioned nearly 200 people from the streets into shelters and housing. We Heart Seattle has also removed nearly a million pounds of trash from parks and public spaces. – Rational in Portland, September 14, 2023

‘No rules playground’: Seattle records 5th homicide of the year, on page for record high – KOMO News, August 31, 2023

“The lack of police presence and the no-rules playground that’s been happening on the block of Lenora where I work, where I play, where I shop for groceries has become a sting of murders, and it’s very, very tragic,” said Andrea Suarez, founder of We Heart Seattle.

Volunteer find 8 bodies in camps over 2 years – Fox 13, August 30, 2023

We are hearing from a local organization about the harsh reality of our region’s homeless crisis.

Baby Oliver is off the streets- at least for now – [un]Divided, June 16, 2023

This week, in our episode “Ideology or Innocence,” we shared the story of baby Oliver, who was living with his mom in a tent in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

“Not one to wait for the government to act, Andrea Suarez with We Heart Seattle (unDivided’s Charity of the Year) sprang into action. Within a day, she had secured a tiny home for Kimberly and Oliver and spent the day with them learning about the challenges they face in getting off the streets.”

6 Stories of Successful People Who Were Formerly Homeless  – U.S. News & World Report, July 12, 2023

We Heart Seattle’s Program Director, Tim Emerson, shares his experience

Theft ring targeting local businesses in Seattle | Fox News Video – Fox Friends First, May 24, 2023

Shoutout to We Heart Seattle by Mike Dunn, Dunn Lumber President

Study: 65% of Seattle drug users want to reduce or stop use | KOMO ( – May 23, 2023

Wednesday, April 5, 2023. CW11 Seattle. WeHeartSeattle cleaning the city one step at a time.

We Heart Seattle is a grassroots nonprofit organization aimed toward cleaning up Seattle. It’s volunteer based and they identify problem areas to cleanup and make safer. 

*TRIGGER WARNING* Friday, April 3, 2023. Fox13 Seattle. The Spotlight: Volunteer finds body in tent near T-Mobile Park.

In a week filled with all the fanfare of Mariners’ opening day, you may have missed a moment of tragedy that played out just a long fly-ball away from T-Mobile Park.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023. KIRO 7 Live Studio. Andrea Suarez of ‘We Heart Seattle’ speaks on orga’s efforts to clean up encampments 

Andrea Suarez of We Heart Seattle speaks about the organization’s efforts to clean up encampments.

Thursday, March 30, 2023. [un]DIVIDED With Brandi Kruse
In the fourth of a six-part series celebrating “Truth Tellers,” Andrea Suarez explains how her frustration over trash littering the streets of Seattle morphed into a mission to disrupt the homeless industrial complex.

Monday, February 20 2023. Fox 13The Spotlight: 2,221 homeless camps on WSDOT right-of-ways, including I-5 and I-90

Parents frightened for their kids, fed up with their government and demanding to know: What will it take to clear out the homeless camp under Seattle’s Ship Canal Bridge for good? Parents’ pleas were heard all the way in Olympia and Gov. Jay Inslee told FOX 13 that state and local agencies were about to launch a major cleanup effort, but it still may not be enough to satisfy neighbors. The Spotlight also spoke with people experiencing homelessness who have been building their own solutions while waiting for permanent housing. But the result is threatening public safety on highways from Seattle to Spokane. Plus, a fix for the state’s police pursuit policy advances in Olympia, but not without some big changes at the last minute.

Thursday, February 9, 2023. RV encampment in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood cleared

It’s a move that critics often say displaces a vulnerable population without addressing the root problem. Though for Austin Coil, Thursday’s move represents a new start.


Wednesday, January 25. Andrea Suarez and Michael D. Shellenberger of We Heart Seattle – Live from Seattle with Tim Gaydos –

Housing, homelessness crisis to be priority for state lawmakers in 2023 | KOMO ( – January 7, 2023

‘I felt like an ant, a crushed ant’ | Dec. 21-27, 2022 | Real Change (

Town Hall: The state of the homelessness crisis in King County | KOMO ( – December 19, 2022

Johanna Paul, left, embraces Tim Emerson, who pulled her out of her tent and away from an abusive individual. Paul did not want her face to be photographed. Photo by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue.


‘I could have very well died’: Johanna Paul speaks about being saved from violence in her own tent | Oct. 19-25, 2022 | Real Change (

Dori: Update to ‘Lawn Mower’ man, who terrorized Ballard neighbors at makeshift camp – Times News Network – October 21, 2022

The Lighthouse of Alexandria. Cities and bad housing policies persist, but will happen to people in cities? (Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images


Debate On Cities: Cities Dont’ Die, People Do ( – By Roger Valdez, Forbes Contributor, September 5, 2022

Nonprofit works to get homeless residents into housing | – By Blair Best, KGW8, August 30, 2022

[un]Divided with Brandi Kruse: Andrea Suarez and Kevin Dahlgren interview, from 11m:30s to 45m:15s. – June 20, 2022

Cleaning up with kindness ( – June 2022

Rational in Portland: The homeless industrial complex, with Kevin Dahlgren and Andrea Suarez on Apple Podcasts – June 2022

2022 Neighbor Day Recognition – Front Porch ( – By Deedee Sun, KIRO 7 News, April 27, 2022 – by Paul Rivera, KOMO News reporter, April 27, 2022

Homeless camp fire near Seattle stadiums part of dangerous surge, data shows | KOMO ( – by Joel Moreno, KOMO News reporter, April 6, 2022

Ballard’s ‘Lawnmower Man’ working toward finding housing | KOMO ( – Michelle Esteban, KOMO News Reporter, April 4, 2022

Seattle faces dire challenges, including homelessness and rise in violent crime – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian – Photographs by John Moore/Getty Images, March 21, 2022

Small and big acts of humanity can add up to bring back Seattle | The Seattle Times – Leslie Buker, Special to the Times, March 4, 2022

Give neighborhoods the tools to help fight homelessness | The Seattle Times – Jennifer Hemmingsen, Seattle Times Opinion columnist, February 18, 2022

Homelessness in Seattle: What % of Unhoused are on Drugs? Homeless advocate gives number. – YouTube – February 15, 2022

Seattle Volunteers Remove Garbage from Homeless Encampments | City & Activists say ‘STOP!’ – YouTube – February 9, 2022

The gifts of our region | The Seattle Times – Seattle Times Editorial Board, December 23, 2021

Man at odds with Ballard neighbors leaves neighborhood with help from non-profit | KOMO ( – Jonathan Choe, KOMO News Reporter, November 29, 2021

Big hearts: There’s room for all the citizen-led responses to Seattle’s homelessness crisis – Jennifer Hemmingsen, Opinion columnist, Seattle Times, August 6th, 2021

Hard work paying off on greenbelt trail – Queen Anne & Magnolia News, August 4, 2021

Community members invited to help clean up Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt: Queen Anne & Magnolia News, June 23, 2021

Seattle residents take homeless crisis into their own hands | Fox News Video – Fox News Channel, March 23, 2021