Safety Net: Sound Effect, Episode 159
KNKX reporter Will James reflects on the closing of the Merkle Hotel, what may be the last remaining low-income residential hotel in Tacoma. Professor Marie Wong gives a history of single room occupancy hotels in the Chinatown International District in Seattle. An elected official talks about how she still uses food banks. We then visit a bicycle-based needle exchange program in Olympia.
Sound Effect showcases stories inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KNKX's Gabriel Spitzer.
The full broadcast version of this week's show, available below, also includes a story about an autistic rapper trying to weave his own safety net by finding safe housing.
Listen to the broadcast version of the show.