Homelessness Begone: Seattle businesses join Pearl Jam in calling for shared strategy to fight homelessness

Pearl Jam The Home Shows for HomelessnessIn conjunction with Pearl Jam’s Home Shows concerts at Safeco Field this week, more than 50 businesses today released a letter committing to a shared strategy toward fighting homelessness in the region.
Along with the letter, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard released this statement:
“There is simply no way to address homelessness in our region without the work of all of us. This is not an issue that government, nonprofits, philanthropy or individuals alone can solve. We need everyone — and that includes the business community. Businesses have innovative ideas, resources and employees eager to be engaged. We’ve been thrilled by the role Seattle’s business community has played in the Home Shows. We’re looking forward to continuing the collaboration as we work toward a shared strategy to fighting homelessness.”
The full text of the letter follows.

Business for shared strategy to fight homelessness

As business leaders, we care deeply about our city and the most challenging issues it faces. As employers and philanthropists, many of us are playing an active role in fighting homelessness in King County. We’re committed to doing much more.


Through Pearl Jam’s Home Shows Initiative, we saw the power of what we can do when we band together.


We’re standing together now with elected leaders, local residents, advocates on the front lines, and those experiencing homelessness to chart a path forward to make our economy one that both thrives and holds a place for everyone.


In the past, some of us have stated what we’re opposed to. We have not been clear about what we support. We’re committed to one coordinated effort that optimizes the roles of government, nonprofits, and business to ensure that everyone in King County has a roof over their heads.


What will it take?

  • One shared plan that explicitly outlines the strategies we’ll prioritize, policies we’ll pursue, and resources we’ll allocate, as well as the metrics that tell us if we’re succeeding.
  • Clear leadership and accountability from all of us working in service of a shared plan, including our elected officials.
  • A larger financial commitment from all of us­­—funding for organizations that have a proven track record of success in working across populations to both prevent and move people out of homelessness, along with funding for new, creative and efficient solutions.
  • Engagement of the community. We need to continue to raise awareness throughout the community and engage and activate our employees and customers.


We can do this—but we have to do it as one community working together.




Mark Okerstrom

President and CEO

Expedia Group


H.S. Wright III

Chairman & Founder

Seattle Hospitality Group


R. Guy Hudson


Swedish Health Services


Neal Myrick

Global Head

Tableau Foundation


Ethan and Angela Stowell


Ethan Stowell Restaurants


Bill Hilf


Vulcan Inc.


Diana Birkett Rakow

Vice President, External Relations

Alaska Airlines


Tod Leiweke

President and CEO

NHL Seattle


Larry Cohen


Gates Ventures


Scott Redman


Sellen Construction


Manny Chao


Georgetown Brewing Company


Jennifer Shea

CEO and Founder

Trophy Cupcakes & Party


Mickey Smith


Martin Smith Inc.


David Bley

Director, Pacific Northwest

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Tricia and Jeff Raikes


Raikes Foundation


Jeff Trisler


Live Nation Seattle


Connie Ballmer


Ballmer Group


Rob Glaser

Founder, Chairman and CEO



Jill Wood


Windermere Real Estate


Rod Hochman

MD, President and CEO

Providence St. Joseph Health


Molly Moon Neitzel

Founder and CEO

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream


Leslie Scott

Program Director

107.7 The End


Lee Rhodes




Trey Busch

Partner and Winemaker

Sleight of Hand Cellars and Underground Wine Project


Robert B. Gilbertson, Jr.


YMCA of Greater Seattle


Linda Derschang

Founder and CEO

The Derschang Group


Dave Richards

Vice President, Programming and Operations



Pamela Hinckley


Tom Douglas Restaurants


Rachel Marshall


Rachel’s Ginger Beer


Chad Mackay


Fire & Vine Hospitality


Travis Rosenthal


Sand Point Grill, Tango, Rumba


Renee Erickson


Sea Creatures


Tom Mara

Executive Director



Thierry Rautureau

The Chef In The Hat

Luc / Loulay


Linda Di Lello Morton & Tamara Murphy


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Brian McAndrews


United Way of King County


Tony Mestres

President & CEO

Seattle Foundation


Matthew Stubbs


Big Chickie


Jennifer Teunon

Executive Director

Medina Foundation


Dave LaSarte-Meeks

Executive Director

Vadon Foundation


Rich Fox

Operating Owner

Weimann-Maclise Family of Restaurants


John Stanton

Chairman and Managing Partner

Seattle Mariners


Brian Robinson

Managing Partner

Northlink Investment Group


Jon Fine

President & CEO

United Way of King County


Joel VandenBrink

Founder, CEO

Two Beers Brewing Co, Seattle Cider Company & Sound Craft Seltzer Co.


David Blandford

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

Visit Seattle


Daniel Pitasky

Executive Director

Schultz Family Foundation


Leslie Thomson


Dream Dinners


Herb Gould


Anthony’s Restaurants


Pete Nordstrom


Nordstrom, Inc.


Dan Black


Zeeks Pizza


Jennifer and Justin Stiefel

President, CEO and Founders

Heritage Distilling Co.


John Hoyt


Pyramid Communications

By Zen Chi

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