Seattle-Area Muslim Group Rents Hotel Rooms for 28 Homeless People Amid Epic Snowstorm

February 12, 2019

On Thursday, a man believed to be homeless was found dead at a light-rail station in Seattle, as the city grappled with bitterly cold temperatures and the most snow it had seen in decades. The storm has put a strain on a region that's both ill-equipped to deal with extreme winter weather and has one of the nation's worst homeless problems--but the Muslim Association of Puget Sound is doing its part to help. According to Crosscut, the group has rented hotel rooms for all 28 residents of a tent encampment in suburban Issaquah since late last week, at a cost of $4,500 through February 12. "Our Muslim faith teaches us to take care of our neighbors during times of need,” said Nickhath Sheriff, founder of MAPS' social-services arm.