Josephine Ensign Explores Seattle's History of Health and Homelessness in Latest Book, Skid Road

Submitted by Whitney Miller on

Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Adjunct Professor Josephine Ensign delves into the profound issue of housing insecurity in Seattle with her latest book, Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in Seattle. Drawing on historical research and analysis, Ensign sheds light on the complex interplay between public sentiment, policy decisions, and the lived experiences of individuals who face marginalization due to poverty, mental illness, addiction, as well as racial, ethnic, and sexual identities, ultimately leading to homelessness.

In her book, Ensign skillfully uncovers the historical roots of Seattle's housing crisis, exposing systemic flaws and missed opportunities to address the needs of vulnerable populations. By revealing the historical and social forces at play, she compels readers to critically reevaluate their assumptions about homelessness and confront the underlying causes that perpetuate this multifaceted issue.

Skid Road stands as a significant contribution to the ongoing discourse on homelessness, housing inequity, and social justice. It provides invaluable insights that foster a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by individuals affected by these issues, while emphasizing the urgent need for transformative change.

For those seeking a thought-provoking exploration of Seattle's housing crisis, Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in Seattle is an essential read. It is available now from the University of Washington Press.