‘It really feels like a tipping point.’ North Seattle on edge after shooting of homeless man
Kate Walters // KUOW
November 8, 2018

In a room filled with flickering candles on Aurora Avenue in North Seattle, dozens of people from all walks of life gathered on a recent gray Sunday to mourn another loss.

Here in King County, 171 people presumed to be homeless have died so far this year, an increase over last. Death in this community has become routine.


9 cases of HIV on Seattle’s Aurora Avenue prompt urgent response
Patricia Murphy // KUOW
September 12, 2018

An unusual uptick in HIV infections in North Seattle has been linked to intravenous (needle) drug use.

Public health officials have identified a cluster of nine individuals — all of them homeless.

These cases highlight the challenge to get health services to people who tend to shy away from it.  


We photographed Ericka when she was a sex worker. This is her life now
Isolde Raftery // KUOW
JUN 4, 2018

In 2015, photographer Mike Kane met Ericka, a sex worker on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle. Ericka was selling sex to support her heroin and meth addiction, and she was so weak she believed she could be dead within a year. She was estranged from her three young daughters and spent many nights on the street. 

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On Aurora Avenue: 'Radical hospitality' 
March 22, 2017

“White male: roughly 70 years old, goes by name Thomas-driving a red 4 door suv picked up woman in Lynnwood but frequents aurora avenue as well. Was calm at first but eventually got angry, was slamming on the breaks and when woman yelled for him to stop- he parked and tried to strangle her and punched her, then raped her.”

This recently updated “Bad Date List” posting and handfuls of condoms in assorted colors greet dozens of women and men as they step into the Aurora Commons, a day shelter near the intersection of Aurora Avenue and North 90th Street.

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The Aurora Commons taught me about the politics of sharing space
Jacqueline Moulton // REAL CHANGE
March 15th 2017

To share space is to give of something we do not own, are not entitled to and which has been gifted to us. I did not learn this on my own, as on my own I am selfish and entitled, believing I own the space I inhabit. If, like the proverbial lesson in kindergarten, I have learned to share, it is because the people at the Aurora Commons have taught me how.

Art by Barry Blankenship

Art by Barry Blankenship

How a Coffee House Became a Haven on North Aurora
Elizabeth Sharpe // SEATTLE WEEKLY
February 23 2016

Ericka Frodsham scrapes the last of the soup from an enormous stockpot into a yogurt container without a lid. It is after 9 p.m. and Aurora Commons is technically closed. But without a home, Frodsham is loath to leave.

She slides the topless container into a Ziploc bag. Her fingers are darkened, swollen, her nails filthy. Dozens of silver bangles around her wrist don’t so much as tinkle. She dons a man’s thick sweatshirt from the closet of giveaway clothes.