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Colleen Echohawk Heals with Housing

The nonprofit leader’s run for the city’s top job reinforced the need to right systemic wrongs.

I don’t expect the subject of Colleen Echohawk’s mayoral candidacy to come up. I’m sitting across from Jolene Neiss inside a temporary modular home at Chief Seattle Club’s Eagle Village, documenting her housing travails for a story in the last edition of this magazine. It’s emotional. Her journey to a stable living situation was harrowing, full of confidants who’d let her down and others she’d disappointed along the way. But talking about the nonprofit staffers that connected her to this community

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