Vanessa Ho, with slideshow (SeattlePI.com):
In January, Seattle's annual homeless count delivered some seemingly good news: It found fewer people sleeping without shelter than in years past.
But a month later, a deep cut in state benefits went into effect, devastating thousands of poor families. Suddenly, social workers in Seattle began seeing a spike in families losing housing, searching for shelter and finding none, in a grim trend that shows no sign of abatement.
"I've never had seen it like this," said Jeanice Hardy, a longtime housing director for the YWCA of Seattle. MORE...