Foreword

Our premise is that We Heart Seattle causes harm.

We recognize that there’s a lot of content to wade through on this website, and that it may not be super obvious where to begin if you’re unfamiliar with the subject matter. To save you some time and effort, we’ve rolled up the most important details into a cliff notes format, which you can view below.

Or, you can skip the mile-high overview and go straight to the details.

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Many have come forward with accounts of their homes destroyed and belongings taken

We have collected many reports directly from our unhoused neighbors, of We Heart Seattle taking their tents and personal belongings.

Here are some of these first-hand accounts:

A second collection from our friends, North Seattle Neighbors:

In many cases, the households that Andrea Suarez and crew so haphazardly throw away are the only belongings these folks have in the world, which only piles more trauma onto their struggle to survive.

Suarez claims that no one has ever told her she's thrown away their stuff and continues to ignore the feedback, even when it's coming directly from the people she's harming.

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Lied about harboring a child sex offender

Andrea Suarez willfully concealed the fact that one of her core volunteers is a registered child sex offender.

She knowingly exposed both the vulnerable population she serves as well as her minor volunteers to potential harm, while outwardly maintaining that her organization does not work with sex offenders of any kind.

We are supportive of recovery and reintegration into society for sex offenders under honest circumstances and believe that Suarez's choice to handle the situation this way was as unfair to her volunteer as it was anyone who's safety may have been at risk as a result of his presence.

Suarez remains unapologetic for her actions.

Read more about it here:

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No transparency about their funding

We Heart Seattle provides no transparency about where their funds come from or how they are used.

Apart from a passing reference in an article published by the Seattle Times, there is no known record of their finances. Despite becoming a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit as of October 2020, there is still no tax return on file with the IRS, which would ultimately be our best source of truth.

We Heart Seattle has operated for over two years without oversight or accountability, and Suarez quit her day job as regional sales director for DHL to draw a salary from the charity's pot.

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Believes the homeless should be forced to labor for the provision of basic necessities.

Andrea Suarez made her debut in the fall of 2020 by verbally abusing mutual aid volunteers who had organized a hamburger cookout at a local park. She called them enablers and insisted that the unhoused should be required to pick up trash before they are given something to eat.

One of the volunteers wrote email to Suarez following the event to give her a piece of her mind and received this in reply.

Holding people accountable and empowering them to do something is giving them a hand up, not a hand out. We train dogs, we parent toddlers, and there is no reason we cannot expect the homeless, addicted or mentally ill to be challenged more to contribute something.

Suarez claims that folks are twisting her words and making a big deal out of nothing, but you'll have to decide that for yourself.

Either way, Suarez stands by her convictions and was up in arms when the King County Regional Homelessness Authority was recently giving away $25 stipends without requiring recipients to pick up garbage.

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Partners with anti-homeless hate group Safe Seattle

Andrea Suarez is featured as one of the top participants in the group's Facebook community.

The founder of Safe Seattle, David Preston, has gone so far as to attempt to sue the city of Seattle in order to prevent the construction of tiny home communities that the city provides as transitional housing. He has personally doxxed several people who have been brave enough to speak out against his bigoted, questionably criminal behavior, and one even reported an attempted arson of their residence a few years ago.

Favorable affiliation of any kind with this group immediately raises red flags, which even Suarez herself knew well enough to outwardly distance herself from the association during the first months of We Heart Seattle's operation, insisting that there was no affiliation. However, as time has gone by, she's dropped the pretense and no longer attempts to conceal her connection with the hate group and its leader.

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Proponents of forced hospitalization and rehab

Andrea Suarez and Kevin Dahlgren have both said on more than one occassion that they are proponents of forced hospitalization and rehab for the unhoused, most notably during a recent interview on Mike Solan's podcast Hold the Line.

You can listen to it here, but be forewarned of its cringiness.

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Has pushed for legislation that would illegalize mutual aid and harm reduction

Andrea Suarez believes in giving people a hand up, not a hand out, not housing first but housing earned, etc.

In accordance with these beliefs, she has written to city council and the mayor's office on several occassions, urging them to support legislature similar to Spokane, Washington's recent policy that makes it illegal to bring meals and harm reduction supplies to individuals residing in city parks.

Not surprisingly, death by overdose and instances of Hepatitis and other diseases that are passed through IV-sharing skyrocketed in Spokane following the adoption of this law.

Illegalizing homelessness is not only ineffective, it's inhumane.

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Practices violate legal requirements for operating as a federal 501(c)3 non-profit

From political lobbying and candidate endorsement to employing people who were formerly beneficiaries of We Heart Seattle's charity, they violate almost every legal requirement for federal recognition as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in good standing.

We Heart Seattle's saving grace thus far has been a several-year backup in auditing within the IRS on account of being so short-staffed that less than two dozen complaints have been investigated since 2017. This is all about to change with Biden's 2022 approval to hire 87,000 new employees into the service and We Heart Seattle could soon find themselves in hot water with the fed.

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Does not provide long term solutions

Emergency shelters and tent cities do not even resemble long term housing solutions, and yet this is where many of the people Andrea Suarez claims to have helped have been sent.

Many have since returned to homelessness on the street, and some never truly left, as much of the recent fiasco with Charles Woodward demonstrated.

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They are not qualified case managers nor social workers

Despite what Andrea Suarez would have the world believe, she nor anyone else within the We Heart Seattle organization is a licensed social worker or case manager apart from their board president Kevin Dahlgren (who lives and works in Portland, Oregon and to the best of our knowledge is not licensed in Washington State).

There is no amount of saying it into existence that will make it true.

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Andrea Suarez falsely represents herself and/or relationships for personal gain

Not being a qualified case manager didn't stop Andrea Suarez from impersonating one in order to gain access to someone at a youth shelter.

There are multiple documented instances in which she has falsely represented herself and/or a relationship for her own benefit. Many city officials will have nothing to do with her for that reason.

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Many have been sent out of state

Andrea Suarez says in many interviews about her organization, that Seattle's homelessness issue is largely due to an influx problem, claiming that many of the people who live on our streets came here from other states due to the generous benefits available to the unhoused.

We could spend a great deal of time dissecting the many ways in which perpetuation of this false belief is problematic, but we have more important things to focus on here.

Two things have resulted from Suarez's position on the matter:

  1. Several people that Suarez claims to have housed have simply received a bus ticket to a destination out of state never to be heard from again.
  2. There are two known cases in which people acquiesced to being sent to the Bybee Lake shelter just outside of Portland, Oregon, away from their friends, family and support network.

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City government told them to stop

In October of 2021, the Seattle City Council and former mayor Durkan's office both ordered We Heart Seattle to cease and desist for many of the same reasons enumerated here.

Given that, it puzzles the mind as to why they are still allowed to continue operating.

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Invasion of privacy

One of the more grotesque features of the way We Heart Seattle operates is the frequent posting of pictures of them and their residences all over their public Facebook group.

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